600 Gallopers energised by 1500 flapjacks . . .

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More than 600 runners and walkers competed in the Grindleford Gallop, helping to raise thousands of pounds for Grindleford Primary School.

The event, sponsored by local outdoor equipment company, Outside, was won by James Scott-Buccleuch of Stockport Harriers who finished in a time of two hours, 26 minutes and 48 seconds (02:26:48).

The first woman home was top triathlete Catherine Faux, the Sheffield University medical student, completing the course in two hours, 50 minutes and 49 seconds (02:50:49)

First three men: 1 James Scott-Buccleuch (Stockport Harriers) 02:26:48; 2 Dan Hardy (Totley AC) 02:32:25; 3 Mike Nolan (Dark Peak Fell Runners) 02:32:50.

First three women: 1 Catherine Faux (20th overall) 02:50:49; 2 Sally Fawcett (Dark Peak Fell Walkers, 25th overall) 02:53:11; 3 Jayne Lawton (Stockport Harriers,38th overall) 02:57:17.

The Grindleford Gallop is a 21 mile race around some of the Peak District’s most beautiful spots. It is the primary fundraising event for the Grindleford Parent, Teachers and Friends Association (PTA). Over the years it has helped to subsidise school trips for pupils, built a trim trail in the playground and funded the purchase staging facilities for school productions.

Village residents pulled together to bake over 1500 pieces of flapjack, cakes and biscuits to feed competitors en route and manned checkpoints around the course, handled registration and recorded finishers. The soup served to finishers was produced by the Sir William Hotel.