There was a fine display of sportsmanship from two leading runners at Sunday’s (15 July) Brooksie’s Bash Trail Race. Their actions prevented any fallout caused by an attempt at course sabotage.
Hot sunny weather for the third consecutive year, a friendly, inclusive atmosphere and a high proportion of female entries were a few of the highlights at this sold out event in South Derbyshire. Brooksie’s Bash consisted of a 10 mile race, a 5K, a fun run/walk for families and a Guided category in the 10-miler. It was organised by Andy Brooks of Peak Running in aid of Derbyshire Mind.
A sizeable number of entrants were taking their first steps into trail racing following Andy’s encouragement and attended his training runs in the weeks leading up to the Bash. They were part of a ‘give it a go’ ethos that is a hallmark of Brooksie’s Bash.
The course was marked the day before and underwent a final check on the morning of the event. Everything was still in place; however, during the main race, a direction arrow was tampered with between 6 and 7 miles causing several of the front runners to go on a detour. One of those affected, Kenny Malton of Shelton Striders found the right route and corrected the direction arrow, ensuring the rest of the field were not affected.
Ellie Evans of South Derbyshire RR offered her winner’s trophy to teammate Jenny Laing after the latter had lost her chance of victory due to the sabotaged sign.
Everyone remained in good spirits in spite of the incident and vowed to return next year. There was a request for cooler weather though!
Photo courtesy of Stephen Lee’s Images.