Dipper Challenge aids mountain rescuers’ work

Dovedale Do[[er: Clockwise from top left ' winners Nick Kirk, Greg Crowley, Rotary President Elect Cynthia Machent, Desiree Normanton, Frances Cooke. Ten years participation ' Tony Bianci ' Steven O'Keefe presented by President Elect Cynthia and Owen Briggs presented by Past president Simon Brister.
Dovedale Do[[er: Clockwise from top left ' winners Nick Kirk, Greg Crowley, Rotary President Elect Cynthia Machent, Desiree Normanton, Frances Cooke. Ten years participation ' Tony Bianci ' Steven O'Keefe presented by President Elect Cynthia and Owen Briggs presented by Past president Simon Brister.

Over 350 people descended on Hartington village hall to take part in Matlock Rotary Club’s annual annual Dovedale Dipper Challenge or the optional ramble.

Over 350 people descended on Hartington village hall to take part in Matlock Rotary Club’s annual annual Dovedale Dipper Challenge or the optional ramble.

Of those who started, 218 finished the 26 miles challenge course with a further 120 completing the 15=mile ramble

Throughout the ten years of the challenge, more than 3,400 people have taken part and over £54,000 has been donated to a number of local and national charities.

This year, the event was organised for the benefit of Derby Mountain Rescue and proceeds were expected to exceed £4,000.

The winner of the 26 miles challenge was Greg Crowley who completed the course in 3 hours 45 minutes. Desiree Normanton was the fastest lady in 4hours 58 minutes. The winning veteran was Nick Kirk in 3 hours 46 minutes and the fastest veteran lady prize was taken by Frances Cooke in 4 hours 59 minutes.

Organisers were proud to welcome Owen Briggs and Steven O’Keefe who have participated in every challenge event since the event started. Tony Bianci was also there at the start in 1993 although missing one year through illness. A bottle of bubbly was presented to the three of them in recognition of this magnificent effort.

Throughout the event, Rotarians, Inner Wheel members and friends were on hand at the various checkpoints with lots of cold drinks and biscuits to keep the competitors going. On returning to Hartington there were welcoming drinks and baked potatoes prepared by the staff of Hartington Youth Hostel and served by members of Matlock Inner Wheel Club.