The Winster Hill Race, organised by Matlock AC on behalf of the local carnival committee, was blessed with ideal weather last Thursday.
If anything, the evening sun was rather too dazzling for runners on the way out of the village and on the first climb, but they had it behind them on the long rough track to the summit before descending the Bank to cheering crowds lining the main street at the finish.
Joel Stevens of Wirksworth Running Club was a clear winner in the fast time of 23 minutes 45 seconds for the four-mile course, followed by Aidan Linkskill of Totley AC in 24.17. Matt Jones of Ripley took third place and the veteran 40 prize in 25.02, just beating Matlock’s Karl Webster who clocked 25.37 in fourth place.
Mark Sallkild of Dark Peak was first veteran 50 and Matlock’s Clive Russell continued to dominate his class as first veteran 60.
Christine Howard beat a large number of men, as usual, in winning the Ladies’ prize.
First local Winster man was George Dronfield and first Winster lady was Anna Brown.
Matlock AC had a massive turnout of 21 runners:
They were: Richard Bradbury (10), Flinn Watson (14), Simon Flitter (16), Andy Whittaker (18), Simon Croft (19), Christine Howard (20), Mick Moorhouse (23), Martin Lea (34), Jim Thorneycroft (38), John Webster (40), Clive Russell (45), Steve Mead (52), Steve Holt (61), Julie Goodwin (65), Jim Titterton (72), Paul Keetley (81), Andy Hodkin (84), Helen Finlayson (89), Cerys Lessiter (90) and Brian Howitt (92).