Woman, 88, set to tackle the annual Dovedale Dipper

AND THEY'RE OFF! -- ramblers enjoying the Dovedale Dipper.
AND THEY'RE OFF! -- ramblers enjoying the Dovedale Dipper.

One of the oldest female runners in the country is to tackle the Dovedale Dipper Challenge, which is all set to hit the beautiful Peak District countryside again.

The event, which takes place on Sunday, August 7, is one of the highlights of Matlock’s sporting calendar and sees runners or walkers tackle a 26-mile circular marathon or a 15-mile run or ramble.

This year, the competitors are to include 88-year-old Liz Barr, who was the oldest female runner to take part in the London Marathon earlier this year. She is travelling all the way from Bedfordshire to compete.

All proceeds from the challenge will be donated to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance. And the organisers, Matlock Rotary Club, say they hope to raise more than £3,000 for the popular charity once expenses have been taken into account.

The president-elect of the Rotary Club, Diane Blount, said: “I am looking forward to the 14th Dovedale Dipper as it is one of our club’s major fundraising events. It is also a brilliant way to enjoy the Peak District countryside.”

The entry fee for the Dovedale Dipper is £16 pre-booked and £18 on the day. The event regularly attracts more than 300 runners from all over the UK, and prizes are awarded to the fastest runners in both the 26-mile and 15-mile races.

Throughout the event, Rotarians, members of Matlock Inner Wheel and friends will be on hand at checkpoints with lots of cold drinks and biscuits to keep the competitors going. On returning to Hartington Village Hall, there will be welcoming drinks and baked potatoes, served by members of the Inner Wheel Club.

St John Ambulance and Raynet will also provide emergency cover and radio communications throughout the event to ensure that no-one is unattended in case of an injury and also to co-ordinate the rescue of any participants who require help.

If you would like more information on the Dovedale Dipper, including full details of this year’s route, please visit www.matlockrotary.com,