Nearly 500 people braved the cold and rain to take part in the fourth annual Great Northern running event in Mickleover on Sunday. The half marathon, 10k and 2k family fun run was organised again by Mickleover Cricket Club and Derby-based HUUB Events. It was named after and took part along part of the disused Great Northern railway line in Mickleover.

The first medal of the day was awarded to the 2k winner Josh Cotton (11) from Mickleover who was followed by runners of all ages and abilities.

There was then a short wait for the 10k runners to come over the finishing line with the top spot going to Joe Parkin (16) from Belper who was closely followed by Mike Bottom (25) from Littleover.

Joe, who is a member of Amber Valley and Erewash Athletic Club, said: “I am over the moon with this result. It was my first 10k race and I had hoped to do well but never thought I would actually win. “My next challenge is to do a half marathon so this will spur me on to step up my training schedule.”

First over the finishing line in the half marathon was Daniel Wilson (35) who is a member of Sinfin Running Club and notched up a winning time of one hour 19 minutes. He said: “The weather has not been very kind to us and the route was pretty muddy with all the rain but I enjoyed it never the less and it was good training for the Manchester Marathon which I am entering later this year.”

Claire Duffin, Race Director at HUUB Events, said: “The GNR is fast becoming a popular date in the local running calendar and we attracted entries from across the Midlands. “We are delighted that the rain did not deter people on the day and some fast times were recorded in both the 10k and half marathon.”

The event was supported by a wide range of businesses including Inchcape, MBS construction, Springs Cleaning, Jewson, Field Supplies, Mobile Solutions, Skechers Performance, High 5, Volvic and HUUB Design – enabling funds on the day to go to Mickleover Cricket Club’s junior section.

Mickleover Cricket Club chairman Adrian Heaton concluded: “We have been delighted with the turn out again this year from the people of Mickleover and the wider running community. “There is always a great atmosphere at this event and the money raised will go towards enabling more local young people to enjoy the fantastic sport of cricket.”

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