Sunday’s (16 July) Brooksie’s Bash proved that talent runs in the family with mother and son Wendy and Tom Roethenbaugh claiming victory and second place respectively in the women’s and men’s races. The pair weren't the only sucessful family partnership at the 10-mile trail race, organised by Andy Brooks (Peak Running) and Shelton Striders, with all proceeds donated to Derbyshire Mind and their ‘Enjoying Derbyshire’ project.
The event also included a 5k fun run/walk along with a Gnome Roam for children with the emphasis on a friendly event catering for all ages and abilities.
Robert Donald of Shelton Striders was first home in 1:01:10 with Tom Roethenbaugh coming second in 1:03:57. Kenneth Malton of Shelton Striders completed the podium in 1:04:12. Wendy Roethenbaugh went one better than her son: she won the women’s race in 1:14:50 (was 1st F50) and set a new course record. Pascale Holden of Shelton Striders was second in 1:17:02 with Maddy Marriage of Fulham RC coming third in 1:18:01. Maddy’s husband Nick also had a successful day, finishing fifth overall in 1:05:31 with both sets of results a satisfying reward for the couple's journey from South London.
As well as prizes for first, second and third and age-categories, there was a prize for the Best Improver based upon their time from last year’s race. This year’s award went to Neil Barnes of Sinfin RC who finished in 1:57:11, the biggest improver by 32 minutes and 51 seconds!
Photo courtesy of Stephen Lee’s Images