All set for White Peak Marathon

The annual White Peak Marathon will take place on Saturday (18th) with a record number of runners expected to take part.

As well as the usual number of competitors from abroad, a huge turnout is also expected from clubs and individuals based throughout the UK.

Peter Bates of Bury AC and Mary Howarth of Steel City Striders, both former winners over the full distance of 26 miles from Thorpe to Cromford Meadows, will be on the start line yet again.

The organising club, Matlock AC, will be well represented by Rob Atkins in the long race with Christine Howard and Colin Davenport expected to lead the Matlock charge in the 13-mile event, ably backed up by John Birch and Lindsay Allen.

The remaining club members will have their hands full all day, looking after the hundreds of runners and their supporters.

Matlock AC’s Brian Howitt said: “There are good vantage points for spectators at all the picnic sites on the two trails, but the most exciting action is often to be seen as runners hurtle down the three roughly-surfaced inclines in the later stages.”

Starting at the same time as the marathon, 11 am, but from Friden, the half marathoners will cover the second-half of the route down the High Peak Trail, with the stragglers hoping not to be caught by the leaders from Thorpe before they reach the finish at the Rugby Club.

Mr Howitt added: “We would like to thank John Palin Ltd for their usual sponsorship of healthy fruit snacks and drinks handed out to grateful runners as they cross the line.”