Carsington Water was a majestic sight and the focal point at a wet and windy race around this Derbyshire reservoir. It was a case of staying calm and running on at the Carsington Water Half Marathon & 10K Sunday (23 February).
This advice applied to both days as there was a half marathon and 10K on Saturday in equally challenging conditions. Organisers Nice Work carried out a final course inspection on the Friday before and found that the course had held up well despite the weather. It was wet and muddy in places with more than a few puddles to splash through or attempt to run around but overall, it passed muster.
The location was worth the journey for the stunning views across the ninth largest reservoir in England to the Peak District countryside. Another attraction was the traffic-free paths and trails.
There was a choice of distances – half marathon and 10k. The half marathoners ran a single lap plus and out and back section: runners in the 10k completed the out and back section only. Both were held on a multi-terrain route consisting of hard track/trail and included a few inclines to add to the mix. Gusts and rain made it anything but plain-sailing.
Paul Sadler of Haldon Trail Runners won the Half Marathon in 1:21:15. Katherine Wood won the women’s race in 1:24:24 and was fifth overall.
In the 10K, John Potter of Wirksworth RC was first across the line in 38:07. Katie Maude was the winning female in 38:48 and second overall.
Prizes were sponsored by Big Bobble Hats and every finisher received an eye-catching medal.