Tasty treat lies in store for runners

Andrew Thake of Dark Peak Fell Runners, winner of the 2011 Bakewell Pudding Race.
Andrew Thake of Dark Peak Fell Runners, winner of the 2011 Bakewell Pudding Race.

THIs year’s Great Bakewell Pudding Race is to take place on Sunday, July 1, and is expected to attract competitors from across the region – and beyond.

The race will start on Bakewell Recreation Ground at 11am and is one of the first events of Bakewell Carnival week.

There are two runs which will start at the same time. The Senior Fell Run of 10.4 km (approximately 6.25 m) follows paths up through the woods to Ballcross, to the top of Coombs Road, back, down to the river and then through the showground and back into the Recreation Ground.

This is an excellent, varied course that is within the capability of most reasonably fit runners. If conditions allow it, runners will finish by running through the river, so be preared.

The junior/fun run is 4.2km (approx 2.5 miles) and is open to all – parents can enjoy running with their children – and trying to stay ahead of them.

This is a fairly level course that everyone can enjoy, running along part of the Monsal Trail before coming back to the Recreation Ground, again through the river if conditions are suitable (this crossing is well marshalled).

Entry is on the day and the fee is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and students. Subject to availability, each participant will get an individual Bakewell Pudding.

Many Dales people join in each year, from serious fell runners to those who are just wanting an annual challenge. The run is also on the calendar of runners from all over the country.

The money raised is donated to local charities each year. In previous years, money has been given to Bakewell Methodist Junior School for an environmental project, Bakewell Town Council for local play facilities, St John Ambulance, Bakewell Boys and Girls Football teams, Bakewell International Day of Dance, and Bakewell Carnival Committee.

If you represent a local organisation that requires funds, please contact John Scott. There is currently some money to donate to worthy local causes, so please write or call.

For details, see www.puddingrace.org.uk or contact John Scott on john.scott@gallifordtry.co.uk or 01629 814217/07977 565335.