Race is on at Tideswell

Runner Mark Jenneson, 2011 Tideswell Fell Race winner.
Runner Mark Jenneson, 2011 Tideswell Fell Race winner.

Tideswell’s prestigious annual fell race is to be held on Friday, June 22, the evening before the village’s Wakes Week begins.

The race is over a gruelling course which ascends 850ft over a 4.5 mile course and attracts runners from near and far ready for a challenge.

Last year, entries increased with over 100 managing to finish the race. This was in spite of some very heavy rain. The local winner was Mark Jenneson from Tideswell.

The route goes from the picnic area down to Litton Mill then over the river bridge before rising steeply up to the Monsal Trail.

Then it heads up again to the hill top and along before a steep and perilous descent through the woods, over the river and back to Tideswell Dale.

There are various categories of entry for all ages above 16. Last year, the local winner category was added to encourage even more entrants from Tideswell and other villages in the surrounding area.

As well as local people, the race attracts runners from fell running clubs up and down the East and West Midlands region and is one of the highlights of their fell racing year. Last year, the race also attracted competitors from outside the UK.

Runners compete for exclusive trophy plates, handmade in the village by Chris Jenson, individually marked and glazed, each a collector’s item.

The race helps support Tideswell Youth Club and last year raised £290. It is staffed by an army of volunteer marshals from the village.

If you are a runner, you are welcome to come along and take part. If you are not a runner, come along to support someone you know or recognise, or just come to watch.

Entry is £4 (please bring correct change). Arrive for 7.15pm registration at Tideswell Dale car park. Start at 7.45pm from the picnic area. As parking is limited, you are encouraged to car-share, walk or cycle to the event.

More information about the race and the route are available at www.tideswellfellrace.co.uk.