MORE than 250 runners braved the cold as they lined up for the start of Derbyshire’s newest sporting challenge.
The Baslow Bolt is a revival of the old Baslow fell race but on a new and challenging course along the Baslow skyline.
And with a full lineup of runners aged between 18 and 80 taking part, all proceeds from the debut event – an estimated £2,000 – went to Baslow St Anne’s Primary School PTA.
First across the finish line in the open category was Joe Oldfield, who completed the event in 50 minutes and 38 seconds, a new men’s course record.
The first woman in the open category was Shelley Fairey, who completed the course in one hour and 25 seconds, a new ladies’ course record.
There were also winners for both men and women in the over 40, 50 and 60 categories.
First in the V40s were Emily Berg and Robert White, first in the V50s were Alison Wainwright and Kurt Fitch and first in the V 60s were Pat Goodall and Simon Ward.
They and their fellow runners followed a route that, after the Rev Mike Gilbert sounded the horn, began at St Anne’s Church in Baslow and climbed away from Baslow through fields towards Hassop then proceeded along the ridge path through Bank Wood and Bramley Plantation.
It then dropped down to the River Derwent and Calver and Curbar before climbing up to Baslow Edge, through a mixture of limestone trail and gritstone before descending Bar Road into Baslow and the finish.
“This is a 12km Category BM – medium distance, medium altitude gain – Fell Running Association mandated mixed terrain fell race through woodland and pasture on paths and trails with minimum road running,” said race co-director Richard Conroy.
“After weeks of heavy rain, the weather on the day couldn’t have been better and our runners all seemed to enjoy the challenge of a run through spectacular scenery on a really crisp wintry morning.
“At the finish there were delicious coffee and cakes courtesy of the Baslow PTA and vegan soup from Neil Angus that went down a treat plus sports massages by Bakewell Physiotherapy for tired legs!”
“We now look forward to planning next year’s Baslow Bolt and making sure that it becomes a firm fixture in the county’s sporting calendar.
“In fact, the provisional date for the 2020 event will be on November 28, so look out for updates and news.”
The Baslow Bolt is licensed and run as an FRA event and is subject to FRA rules and regulations.