Stanage Struggle Fell Race
On Sunday 21st September 2008 9 Long Eaton runners took on the challenge of the Stanage Struggle fell in Hope Valley, Derbyshire. The race is a 6.1 mile course with 1200 ft of ascent. Organised by the Fat Boys Running club the Stanage Struggle passes through beautiful Peak District countryside beginning in the village of Hathersage. The route progresses via track, grass, path and moorland up onto Stanage Edge out to High Neb with a quick downhill return leg on very runnable ground back to the village. The Struggle is, despite its name, a very accessible race and suitable for beginners.
The course does however provide a serious challenge for the swifter runners attracting top names capable of fast times - whilst the varied terrain ensures that everyone can excel at some stage of the race. The first mile is on easy track with open gates ensuring that the field spreads out quickly enabling faster competitors a trouble free start.
(Provisional times and with no official results, finishing positions are not yet known will update report and results as soon as official results are out).
Rich Wilkinson was first home for the club in 43:00. Andrei Vais finished the course in 50:00. Nick Stevens, making his debut in the race, finished in 51:52, followed closely by Phil Walters who finished in a time of 52:00. Colin Bostock finished in a time of 58:00, with Jon Vardy who was making his debut in the race, finishing in 59:50. Tony Vardy finished in 1:03:14, followed closely by Ian Wallis in 1:04:56 and Pete Sturgess in 1:05:35.
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