Bond smashes record

The Hope Wakes Fell Race 2011
The Hope Wakes Fell Race 2011

Two new course records and the biggest field of competitors since the race was run over its new 5.9 mile route led to a celebratory atmosphere at the Hope Wakes Fell Race.

The sun shone and the runners were able to enjoy reasonable conditions underfoot.

In an event that marked the 65th anniversary of the race, Dark Peak runner Stuart Bond broke the course record to finish in 40 minutes 58 seconds.

There was also a record in the women’s event, with Totley’s Laura Gibson taking a minute off the previous record to win in 50-34.

The first Hope competitor home was Paul Sutton who finished in an impressive 54-34.

A record 262 runners took part – a mixture of club runners from surrounding areas and enthusiastic locals who appeared to relish the opportunity to run up and down two hills!

The presentations were made by Hope local Bob Randles who won the first ever race in 1946.

Among the juniors, Alistair Waits, from Goyt Valley, was the first boy in 9 minutes ten seconds and Rhiannon Davies of Hope Valley Hurricanes, the first girl in ten minutes 24.

The race organizers would like to thank this year’s sponsors for their support, namely WM Eyres, Outside Mountain Shops, Rab Clothing and many other local businesses.

Thanks are also due to Watsons for use of their fields for the junior and fun races and to Newburgh Engineering for sponsoring the 65th anniversary T-shirts that were presented to the first 65 competitors.