March 8th saw a small team from Tideswell Running Club venture over to Dronfield for the annual 10k road race.
The Dronfield course is involves a couple of loops, one repeated, through the Western end of the town. Gentle slopes interspersed with steady inclines, short sharp hills and long pleasant downhills made for an interesting course. The huge turnout of runners across all abilities and the impressive organisation made it a most enjoyable race. Great crowds including the TRC Supporters Club around the course offered encouragement and support.
The Tideswell Team consisted of Pete Hawkins, Paul Thorn, Heather Marsden & Phil Gregory, with support from Ben & Kathryn Brindley and Fiona Newman.
The race which is organised by the 7th Dronfield Scout Group, had a very professional start with each runner wearing an electronic chip on their shoe, which really is necessary in a race with 839 runners, because it takes about a minute from the time the gun goes off to get over the start line.
The course is run on the roads around Dronfield Woodhouse. Starting at the Jolly Farmer pub, runners have to complete one lap of the small loop and 2 of the larger loop.
TRC Dronfield 10k Results
- Pete Hawkins: 49:49
- Paul Thorn:54:56
- Heather Marsden:57:10
- Phil Gregory:1:01:58
“Dronfield 10K… the day of the first 10K race of the year dawned cold, windy and with a threat of rain. That and a right foot pain that had prevented any running the previous week so far for ideal preparation.
Definitely one for next year’s calendar and who knows, a bit more discipline on those hills with slightly less walking and that 10K PB may be goner too.”
Phil Gregory (above) said:
“Despite doing a good recce of the race the course the week before, I had a real shocker. I didn’t warm up sufficiently and struggled with pacing. Ben Brindley our Chairman helped me on the 2nd lap though by pacing me, and helped me save face a bit.
A tough course, but definitely a course for a PB if you come with the right attitude. Really well organised too”