Pilsley Fell Race

4 weeks 1 day ago #3907 by Jan Forrester
Thursday evening 22nd August it was Pilsley FellRace (9.8k/245m) which is also in the Senior GP and therewas a fantastic turnout of 28 MACs with lots of new faces.
A brilliant run from MAC Stuart Bond finishing in 38.25 totake 1st place and the 20 GP points, 2nd Simon Fisher,Belper Harriers 40.55.  1stlady Helen Thornhill 46.59.  Other MAC
places – 4th Chris Perry 41.20, 12th John Thorpe 43.18,16th Paddy Wright, 27th Ian Watson, 37th SimonFlitter, 60th Andy Mellor, Craig Hill, Andrew Haynes, Derek Chetwin,Scott Thompson, Elliott Newsam, 2nd MV 60 Jim Thorneycroft, 3rdMV60 John Birch, Nick Harrison, Dave Curtis, Emma Turner 1st MAClady home and taking the 20 GP points, Gavin Simmons, Jon Tyson, Martin Lea,
Mark Chimley, Gary Jones, Lisa Jones, Kate Travis, Jan Forrester, Alaina Bond,
Sally Owen and Ellie Salomoni.
The race starts from the Devonshire Arms in Pilsley Village.
A cool evening but ideal for running. Before the race, organiser Ben announced
that 75% of the money needed to buy a defibrillator for the village was raised
from last year's race and how useful it has already been.
There were runners from all over, including Danum Harriers from Doncaster,
Barlick Fell Runners from Barnoldswick, Lancs and Elvet Striders, Durham. 
The route went straight up the hill from the Pub but soon turned into fields
with lots of undulations, mainly over quite technical, ankle-turning tracks due
to being churned up by cows. We were also treated to a stampede of sheep, which
was quite a sight. A lot of the route was fast and runnable with a rocky
descent to Edensor; then through the stunning Chatsworth Estate on grassy paths
with another fast descent to a cattle grid, nearby there were herds of deer,
before a further downhill section to a trail running parallel with the River
Derwent in front of the beautiful Chatsworth House. More grassy ups and downs
before finishing on the village green.
A record 317 runners.

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