NOTFAST had another good turnout at the final Summer League event at Teversal on Wednesday night. We had 34 runners, of which 25 had completed all 5 races. The high level of participation throughout the series meant that we had at least two vets’ men’s teams and three vets’ ladies’ teams at each event. There were also some good individual results for our club; Janet Davies and Kate Fisher were 4th and 5th respectively in their age group, Annette Taylor was 4th in hers, and there were medals for Adam Holland who was 2nd in his age category, Martin Dickenson who was 3rd in his, and Colin Green and Edward Casebourne who were 2nd and 3rd respectively in theirs.

3 of our members took on the Formula One Castle Rock 10k in Nottingham on Friday night; Paul Zemontas 56:15, Andy Pritchett 60:11, and Peter Tatton 69:22.

Steve Needham was in Jersey for the Round the Rock Ultra marathon, which he entered with daughter Rachel. Sue was really proud to watch Rachel come in as 3rd lady, and Steve completing the 48 miles in a very creditable 11h 26! (Sue nipped off to do the local Parkrun in between supporting and cheering!)

Stuart Ashley walked the Dovedale Dipper on Sunday. Contending with some steep hills and re-fuelling issues Stuart completed the 26.5 miles in 8h21. Report from Stuart below.

Sunday also saw the inaugural Thoresby Trot, a run around the private estate of Thoresby Park organised by club members Gill Goode and Adam Holland. The event offered distances of 2.5k, 5k or 10k, and raised money for CASY, a Newark charity providing counselling for children and young people. The event was really enjoyed by the NOTFAST runners and family members who took part.

Good luck to everyone running the Newark Half marathon this weekend!

Dovedale Dipper

The Dovedale Dipper starts and finishes at Hartington (White Peak), then runs north for 3 miles to join the High Peak Trail for about 2.5 miles. The route then continues to Longnor and southwards to Warsow. After this came the hard work up the very steep climb of Ecton Hill (400′ in 0.25 miles) and if that wasn’t enough a further steady climb to Back of Ecton and that’s where I started running out of fuel, nothing in the legs and slowing rapidly, perhaps I should have eaten my sandwiches at the previous checkpoint! Anyway, into the rucksack and straight to the Snickers bar, and as usual that kicked in within a few minutes to get me to the next checkpoint at Wetton, just over a mile away.

After Wetton the route levelled out through green pastures to Milldale and the temptation of an ice cream was too hard to resist, so we succumbed and were pleased we did. A further mile to the last checkpoint then follow the River Dove for 3 miles until the sting in the tail, turn off the flat footpath and a further steep climb to the road, perhaps it wasn’t that steep but after 24 miles it seemed hard work. Once on the road the last bit was flat with a steep downhiil for the last 1/4 mile into Hartington.

The reward at the end – a nice baked potato with beans, cheese and tuna followed by fruit salad!

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