A new 10-mile trail race made a successful South Derbyshire debut, scoring highly in a number of areas. These included location, friendliness and importantly, fundraising for a local charity. Brooksie’s Bash had its first outing on Sunday (17 July) when 144 runners followed a traffic-free route along country lanes, footpaths and bridleways.
Along with an optional 3-mile ‘Enjoy Derby’ walk, this race started and finished at the imposing Foremarke Hall Repton Preparatory School. All profits were donated to local charity Derbyshire Mind, providing support to people with or caring for someone with mental health problems.
The event was organised by Andy Brooks - ‘Brooksie’ and his club Shelton Striders who work in conjunction with Derbyshire Mind. Their aim is to raise awareness of mental health issues that affect one in four (25%) of the UK population and have designated Mental Health Ambassadors in this role.
Andy Brooks has also been in the spotlight for another reason, that of running over 300 miles in 9 days to pay homage to fallen WWI soldiers. He started from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire and finished with the Night of Flanders Marathon in Belgium. Prior to that, he ran 100 miles non-stop the length of Derbyshire proving that he is a man who likes a challenge.
Andy Harding of Belper 10:20 Triathlon Club was first across the line in 1:00:28. Stephen Price of UKnetrunner.co.UK was second in 1:02:58 with Robert Donald of Shelton Striders taking third place in 1:04:02.
Tracey Greenway of Derby AC won the women’s race in 1:16:06. Rachel Farrow of Shelton Striders came second in 1:20:27 with teammate Pascale Holden third in 1:21:54.
Midpoint runner was Teresa Wood in 1:35:05.