White Peak Marathon
On Saturday 17th May 2008 four Long Eaton runners took on the White Peak Marathon, helped by almost perfect weather conditions. The marathon starts at Thorpe and follows the Tissington Trail, up the dales to north of Parsley Hay, where it does an about turn to follow the High Peak Trail. From here it undulates level till it joins the half marathon part of the route at Friden. After this the track descends in three stages, at about 21, 22½ and 24½ miles, the last descent being about 1 mile long down the steep incline to the Cromford canal at High Peak Junction. At this point it crosses the canal, turns left along the tow-path and then right into Cromford Meadows, approximately ¾ of a mile from there.
First home for the club was John Hay, who despite going the wrong way at one point and having to backtrack, pulled off a stunning time of 3:38:17, which is a massive personal best by 22 minutes. He finished 66th overall out of 197 finishers.
Catherine Rowe was next home for the club, also achieving a new personal best time of 3:55:57. Bill Sheppard, who struggled over the last 10k, finished in 4:14:17 and Pete Thorburn achieved a new course best, finishing in 4:39:25.
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