Sunshine through the storm for a morning race in the heart of the Peak National Park.
Luke Cook set a record of 32.31 for the new course of Chelmorton Chase FRA five mile run.
Dark Peak took a hundred pounds of club vouchers for first team of four home, Amy Mellor came in first lady to win the Windross shield and Reg Cooper wins the Veteran 60 class.
A fast new course, Chelmorton village, south of Buxton eleven hundred feet above sea level, the Chelmorton Chase run is rich in Peak District National Park vistas, signposted by blue arrows, a downhill finish, more than a race, it’s a village event and not to be missed with tea, coffee and snacks in the village institute organised by Debbie Race.
Tracey Worth, Lady of Hollinsclough started the 2018 race and welcomed runners, old and new. Matlock AC had made it part of their championship but were pipped to the team win by Dark Peak, Buxton AC in third team place.
A Main Street start for a climb to Five Wells, then heads down for the field push courtesy of the Coopers as runners made for a giant Derbyshire flag before turning for some tarmac and a flat section toward High Stool with magnificent vistas of the limestone rolling hills.
The limestone track of High Stool Lane followed; Paul Mellor and his drone team got the race cinematography for you to take a look from the sky .
One last climb and then the last mile downhill for a super-fast finish. The finishing road section was guided by a smart little retro Nissan Figaro track car as they raced toward welcoming cheers from the villagers for a Main Street finish.
The vicar of the White Peak benefice, Revd. Richard Benson blessed the race and was on hand for the presentations, including the Windross Shield for first woman to finish - taken home by Amy Mellor.
The Chelmorton Chase race was run under Fell Race Association rules and sits in the FRA September calendar, in the very heart of the Peak National Park of Derbyshire.
Medals presented to the first hundred finishers were sorted by medal secretary Dawn Atkinson. Manny runners made a full day of it; ran the chase and took the afternoon in the spa water town of Buxton or headed south for Bakewell, puddings and even a look around Chatsworth.
Marshals team ran a great course, Derbyshire flag on the top of the course. Smart blue arrows signposted the way, Debbie Race and her refreshment team sorted the tea and coffee at the Institute.
UPDATE Sunday 1:15pm - Photo gallery of the runners now available !
UPDATE Sunday 2pm full results now available - summary and downloadable PDF of individual finishing positions
UPDATE Sunday 5pm winners with their certificates
UPDATE Sunday 9pm High-definition drone video of the race at the end of the article