No delays or cancellations; however, there were leaves on the former railway line at Tissington Trail Half Marathon weekend (Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 September). However even the weather didn’t derail these well organised, scenic races.
Tissington Trail Half Marathon has, within a short space of time, become a ‘must-do’ race. Growing popularity led organisers Nice Work to hold this half marathon on two days across the weekend to accommodate a greater number of entrants.
Around 800 people took part over the weekend which saw wind and rain as per the Met Office forecast. The organisers had prior warning about the weather and updated runners beforehand, advising them about the state of the course and what shoes to wear.
Runners followed a picturesque trail from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne, Derbyshire with views across the stunning Derbyshire countryside. The trail went along a disused railway line from Ashbourne to Buxton that was flat and slightly downhill and best of all, traffic-free.
Mathias Nicolas Fraga Martinez of Birstall RC was the men’s winner on Saturday, finishing in 1:18:14. Caroline Warrington of Bromsgrove and Redditch AC was the women’s winner in 1:28:38.
In Sunday’s race, Ty Farrer of Hunts AC improved upon his third place in last year’s race by winning in 1:15:23. Hermione Green won the women’s race in 1:34:31.
There was a quality, bespoke train medal for every runner along with finish line goodies. Entries have opened for the 2020 Tissington Trail Half Marathon but are quickly selling out!