Time to tackle an uphill task

IF you’ve got the inclination to test yourself, then the organisers of this year’s Wirksworth Incline Race are looking for hardy competitors to tackle an uphill task this weekend.

The event, on Sunday, April 10, organised by Wirksworth Running Club, takes place over four miles and features a 400-foot climb over the length of this testing course.

It is aimed at people of all ages with the infants event (for six to ten-year-olds) starting at 10.30am while older runners get going from 11am at Ravenstor Road in Wirksworth. Entries are welcome on the day, at a cost of £2 or £5.

The Wirksworth Incline Race is now in its 21st year and this will be the third year to feature the new course, that takes in the Trig Point on Bateman’s Plantation, which is higher than the Black Rocks Trig Point. The course also takes competitors through the National Stone Centre and onto the High Peak Trail.

Over 2,000 people have run up the Incline to Middleton Top so far.

The prize budget includes six bottles of vintage wine donated by Ken’s of Wirksworth. There are also gift vouchers from The Derby Runner.

The infants race is growing year on year and every finisher will receive a medal.

Be warned though: this is not a race for the faint hearted and the Fell Runners Association has classified the Incline Race as AS (brutal).