ROTARY: Over 300 men and women took part in the Matlock Rotary annual Dovedale Dipper Charity events.

Therewere 114 runners and a further 118 walkers who started the 26-mile Marathon course. A further 76 entered the 15 miles ramble through some very pretty countryside. Amazingly, for the first time in the eleven years of the event, there was some heavy rain during the day, however the general comment was that after the very hot weather that we have had, the cool and sometimes wet conditions were very welcome.

Tony Audenshaw, who as Bob Hope, runs the café in ITV’s “Emmerdale” entered the marathon competition as a runner and finished in a very creditable 4hrs 51 minutes.

After the event, Tony signed autographs and posed for photographs with other competitors and Rotarians in the village hall at Hartington.

This year, the event was organised for the benefit of “Cerebral Palsy Sport” and after expenses it is hoped that proceeds will exceed £3,000. A very big thanks everyone who participated and to their sponsors for the continued support for this important fund raising event in the Matlock Rotary calendar.

The winner of the 26 miles Challenge was Gareth Briggs who completed the course in 3 hours 25 minutes. Sheila Barbour was the fastest lady in 4hours 22 minutes.

The winning veteran was Jon Heap in 4 hours 02 minutes and the fastest veteran lady prize was taken by Karen Nash in 4 hours 36 minutes.