A new course record was set in a successful 35th running of the historic Hardwick 10K race, which attracted 550 runners on a warm evening.
Dan Haworth, of Keswick in the Lake District, clocked 33 minutes, 25 seconds in winning the race, easily holding runner-up Gareth Lowe, of Clowne, by a minute and 45 seconds, with regular Poolsbrook park run winner Tom Shaw a further 35 seconds back in third.
Despite a tough and relentlessly hilly contest, there were 478 finishers in total, including 72 from the Chesterfield-based North Derbyshire Running Club (NDRC), whose first runner home was Richard Start, posting an excellent time of 37.32 to finish fifth overall.
The ladies’ race also featured an easy, runaway winner as Sonka Reimers, of Beeston, finished with two minutes to spare over Jess Crawshaw, of Mansfield, in 40.36, with Sally Hughes, of Sutton, in third with 43.13.
The NDRC took both the male and female team prizes, with Chris Leach (38.02) their second man home, followed by Joel Siddall (40.08) and Russ White (40.10).
The club’s first woman across the line was Emma Holt (43.59), who just beat course specialist Rachel Burton, the first over-40 lady veteran, by 12 seconds.