Darren King was on top of the world with a win at Thursday’s (20 July) Hardwick 10K. He came, he saw and he conquered Hardwick Hill aka ‘The Hill' – as the he finished first in 35:48.
The Clowne Road Runner was followed by Christopher Bell of Beeston AC (36:00) with Tom Shaw only 11 seconds behind him to take third place in 36:11.
In the women’s race, Jennifer Reed of Rotherham Harriers & AC won in 42:11. Claire Watson of Sutton in Ashfield Harriers & AC followed her in 43:14. Stacey Wallington of North Derbyshire RC completed the podium in 45:12.
Jason Riley of Kimberley & District Striders was the midway runner in 54:16. The last runner finished in 1:27:08 out of a field of 442 entrants.
The race has been held in the village of Pilsley in Derbyshire almost every year since 1981. It has a reputation as a tough event and is also known as one of the most well-supported thanks to locals. They lined the streets around Pilsley on Thursday and applauded runners as they passed - a gesture that was particularly appreciated on the hills and the fast downhill stretch to the finish.
The local support is one of several highlights of the race with participants fulsome in their praise about the passion and enthusiasm shown, making them feel like winners. It was jointly organised by Pilsley Parish Council and North Derbyshire Running Club with local charity Ashgate Hospicecare to benefit from their support and fundraising.
Full results are available on our race listings page.