Young runners inspired by epic 56-mile Sheffield challenge

Whirlow Hall Farm Big Running weekend...the start of the u/13 3k race
Whirlow Hall Farm Big Running weekend...the start of the u/13 3k race
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NIPPY youngsters laced up their trainers and got out into the fresh air for Whirlow Hall Farm’s Big Running Weekend.

Dozens of sporty children of all ages took part in a series of 3km cross-country runs on the western edge of Sheffield.

The race was part of a three-day bonanza of running events at the educational charity.

Fifty adult runners had already set off on a gruelling 56.5-mile ultra race around the Peak District.

The epic course, stretching to the Kinder plateau and back and including 2,722 metres of ascent, was won by former Sheffield resident Marcus Scotney, who completed the course in nine hours and 19 minutes.

Stuart Walker, 26, a PhD researcher from Crookes, came second, finishing 20 minutes later.

Tony Pedder, chair of the Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, said: “It’s great people can come in and use the farm and this fabulous location. Hopefully people will come back and use the shop or book a wedding here.”