Cressbrook Crawl Fell Race

May 17, 2018 | Filed under: 2018, June 2018

Clear sunny skies greeted what had been billed as the tenth anniversary on 12th May of the Cressbrook Crawl Fell Race, though as past records were pasted up, we noticed it was actually the eleventh event! Whoops…

Online pre-registration resulted in the race being full, so on the day we could relax a bit and everyone could enjoy the uniquely friendly village atmosphere and our glorious white peak landscape at its best. In the event, 128 runners set off past the church and through meadows dotted with purple orchids and cowslips down to the first river Wye crossing and up the big hill opposite.

The event is a big day in our village calendar, and virtually everyone is involved either with parking, signs, marshalling or catering for the excellent lunch we provide. Although there is a fierce runners’ competition, the abiding memories of the day are of people helping each other. Early arrivals helped put up the Peak Ales’ banner and the finish funnel.

Steve Perren of Meltham AC discovered he had forgotten his trainers, so another runner lent him a pair. Bryan Penny strayed off route, only to be shouted back on course by other runners. The First Aider was kept busy with several cuts and scrapes caused by the hard rutted terrain. An impromptu outside cold shower was made available for those that wanted to rinse off before dining. The local Tideswell, Buxton and Matlock running clubs were well represented in the field – extra cheers for them!

A fabulous day for all concerned that raised a significant amount to help maintain our 150 year old community building. Big thank you to all runners, supporters and the wonderful Cressbrook community for your enthusiasm and jolly company. So, put 11th May 2019 in your diaries for next year’s Fell Race.

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