Bell wins Hardwick for second year

Competitors in the Historic Hardwick Hall Road Race at the start line
Competitors in the Historic Hardwick Hall Road Race at the start line

The 29th Historic Hardwick Hall Road Race was blessed with perfect running weather.

More than 120 competitors took part in the six-mile event which has a route from the village of Pilsley to Hardwick Hall and back again.

Winner for the second successive year was Derby AC runner Joshua Bell in 33-45 while Tim Clayton of North Derbyshire Running Club, came home fifth in 37-32.

The first Pilsley man to finish was Sam Martin who crossed the line in 41-52 while the first Pilsley women was Hilary Smith in 54-46.

The fine July evening weather brought out a good contingent of spectators along the route and at Pilsley School where the race starts and finishes.

Entertainment was provided by the Millerettes, Rotherham United’s cheerleaders, while Chloe Gadd sang songs.

The mystery runner who carried the Bess of Hardwick Torch and lit a series of beacons along the route, was Phil Harries, the Welsh record holder for the 400m hurdles between 1988 and 1998 who also competed at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and the Winter Olympics in 2002.

Brainchild behind the event is Cyril Leason, the race secretary, who has organised every race since it began in the early 1980s.

For the full results of the 2011 race visit www.hardwickrun.co.uk