Bull leads Hardwick Hall charge

Hardwick Hall Road Race 2012
Hardwick Hall Road Race 2012

JOSHUA Bull won the 30th Historic Hardwick Hall Six Mile road race.

The Derby AC runner crossed the line in 32:55 while Chris Shelton, of the North Derbyshire Running Club, was second in 33:11.

North Derbyshire’s Tim Clayton was, the first over-45 veteran runner, was fourth overall in 35:46.

The event attracted 176 competitors and the Mystery Runner was Juliet Doyle who carried the Bess of Hardwick Torch.

She lit torches along the route and after a ten-minute rest she competed in the race, coming 11th in 38:49.

The race, based in Pilsley, was organised by Cyril Leason and the village was festooned with a wide range of entertainments. Alicia Caley, Miss Mansfield and Sherwood Forest, was carried in a vintage Model T Ford car while race commentary was provided by the BBC’s Chris Illsley.

There was fine weather and the celebrations began from 3pm with stalls and rides on the village green.

Music was provided by Ashover Brass Band and The Buddies Rockability Showband.

The music of American Country star Slim Whitman, a patron of the race, was also played.

Cheerleaders The Millerettes also provided entertainment and a splash of colour.