October 9, 2023

The Curbar Commotion

Bob Foreman reports:

(Picture shows 1st overall, 1st lady and 1st V60)

A great turnout of 14 MAC’s were amongst the 284  starters  for this years edition of the Curbar Commotion Fell Race, over 10 miles and 1’400 feet.

A very fast race which is all runnable over varied terrain. Initially a fast tarmac uphill start through Cliffe College  into Curbar village, a couple of snickets followed by a short tarmac stretch before an uphill drag through two fields.

From here a nice  flattish path through woodland for a mile under Froggatt Edge.

A  sharp climb to the edge and then back in the opposite direction  along Froggatt and Curbar Edges before a left turn took us over moorland to Swine Sty just below White Edge.

A fast grassy and peaty downhill section to Clodhall Lane, across the road, and then the bridleway up to Wellingtons Monument, past the Highland Cattle who were sat watching the world go by. Some runners passed closer to them than others!

Steeply down towards Baslow and a technical path through the woods before an unwanted drag back up through fields towards Curbar.

Finally a muddy downhill gully, a couple of fields before back into the snickets  and  the steep tarmac back to Cliffe College and the finish outside Curbar School.

The race was won in a new record time of 1:04:11 by Jack Scott from the Inov8 stable.

The first lady was Joanne Mosley,  RATRunner and,  51st overall in 1:24:44

19th          Luke Berresford                  1:17:19
28th          Bob Foreman                      1:19:05     1st M60
39th          John Thorpe                        1:22:01
42nd         Chris Robson                      1:22:27
63rd          David Robertson                 1:27:15
71st           Scott Thompson                 1:28:23
85th           Mark Elwis                          1:29:51
99th           Matt Govan                         1:33:11
100th         Nick Harrison                      1:33:14
152nd        Mark Pollack                       1:40:33
182nd        Geoff Cooper                      1:45:14
214th         Dale Peakall                        1:53:52
250th         Mick Fowler                        2:03:17
258th         Sally Owen                          2:08:49

A very well organised and marshalled race. Not the cheapest to enter but the entry fee goes to support  the children at Curbar School and includes delicious home made cakes by their mums and probably some dads too! Also some great prizes donated by local businesses.

Over £3,000 pounds raised.

Well Done All

And don’t forget next months Baslow Bolt which provides similar support for Baslow School