Sold out Carsington 7+ ran like clockwork
Proper planning resulted in a perfect race at the Covid-secure Carsington 7+
Sunday’s (20 September) Carsington 7+ was a masterclass in race organisation for the Covid era with safety the main priority. The hard work and efforts to ensure it met government and UK Athletics guidelines paid off on the day as everyone enjoyed the new format, slightly shorter course and a feeling of normality.
Part of the RunDerby series and supporting Derby & District RSPCA, the 8th Carsington 7+ sold out; doubtless down to the appetite to return to racing (plus the attractive surroundings that included views of the Peak District). Participants understood and complied with the rules that contributed towards its success.
The staggered start was a vote winner. Groups of 9 runners set off every 15 seconds over 28 minutes whilst remembering to keep two metres apart from each other. There was no need to zig zag past other runners in order to pass them as there was enough space and they kept to the left as they followed the scenic 7.5 mile course around the reservoir.
There were plenty of marshals around the course who helped to keep things moving in both an efficient and enthusiastic manner, further reassuring those taking part. The same efficiency was in evidence at the start and finish.
Daniel Bagley of Holme Pierrepont RC was first across the line in 41:06. Andy Harding of Belper Ten Twenty Triathlon Club was second in 41:42 and Chris Bevan third in 43:10.
Kelly Butler of Birchfield Harriers won the women’s race in 46:12. Abbey van Dijk of South Derbyshire Road Runners was second in 47:44 with Michelle Willcocks of Sutton in Ashfield Harriers & AC third in 48:32.
Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive on social media as runners praised the organisation, safety measures and the route and thanked the organisers for the opportunity to race again in spite of the Covid restrictions.
In return, event manager Emma Evans said: “We are grateful that we were able to give runners something good to remember this year”.
Image courtesy of Carsington 7+.