Tour of Derwent Valley

This traditional event staged over 4 days started on Friday 27 of may and finished on Bank Holiday Monday. Each Race got progresivly hiller that the previous day so legs and bodies were very tired at the end of the last race at Rowsley which is a 2 mile up and then a 2 mile down road race. The other races being held at Duffield 4.4 miles, Wirksworth 4.1miles and Milford 5.1 miles. The first race was well attended by Long Eaton Runners with 12 starting but only 3 went on and completed all 4. Long Eaton Usually win a prize in the overall standings with John Birch usually Taking his age Category prize unfortunatly this year he picked up a leg injury on the first race at Duffield and had to Pull out. John Has recently Done the White Peak Marathon and the Trial and Tunnels 10K race. Phil Abbott stood up to the plate and took a prize for Long Eaton Finishing a fine 3rd in the Seniors event and 6th overall in a new best time knocking over 5 mins off his previous best. Peter Fowles was 2nd in the V60 mens section, not bad as only a few weeks ago he was wondering if he would have to give up running due to a persistent Knee problem, but it seems he is over that and running really well. Zoe Fletcher in her first full series in 5 years was 45th overall, she was not recognised at first as she was wearing contact lenses and has a new very fetching hair style.
Phil not Content with running 4 races in 4days also decided to do the Bamford Fell Race on the Monday only 2 1/2 hours after finishing the Rowsley race as it started at 1pm and was only 23 miles away. So that was 5 races in 4 days, but on the Wednesday before the duffield race did the Tunnels and Trails 10k race as well!!! 6 races in 6 days. Well done Phil

Phil:- Duffield 12th 27:29, Wirksworth 11th 27:27, Milford 6th 33:33, Rowsley 12th 27:44
Peter:-Duffield 73RD 34:02, Wirksworth 59Th 34:25, Milford 50th 42:16, Rowsley 55th 35:55
Zoe:- Duffield 82nd 36:26, Wirksworth 67th 36:58, Milford 56Th 46:45, Rowsley 58th 37:05

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