Joel breaks race record

Joel Stevens of Wirksworth Running Club
Joel Stevens of Wirksworth Running Club

THE weather was once again kind as this year’s Tansley Hill Run took place in near perfect conditions.

The record for the 4.3-mile race had stood for the last five years but was broken in fine style by 21-year-old Joel Stevens from Wirksworth RC, who reduced it by a whole 25 seconds, returning a time of 25 minutes 46 seconds.

Second was Junior Kristian Edwards from Tamworth A.C., who was last year’s winner. Third was veteran (over 50) Mick Stenton from Dark Peak Fell Runners, who has participated in the race for many years

First lady home was Jenny Reed from Matlock AC in a time of 31:17, followed by Sandy Grimes from Wirksworth RC in 34:13.

Category winners were Alan Pickering, Julie Goodwin, Mike Wallis, Neville Boler, Christine Middleton and juniors Alice Spencer and Josh Fern.

As usual, the event drew a fair number of Tansley runners, the winners being Ben Cartwright, Sue Allen, Peter Wilmot and Angela Colmar.

In total, there were 120 runners, 119 of whom finished the race.

Presentations were made at the ever-popular après-race gathering at The Gate, where contestants and helpers enjoyed drinks and a barbecue.

The Hill Run, together with the Family Fun Run, held on the same evening, raised £365 for Tansley Village Hall Restoration Fund.