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Triple runs this weekend for Dan Jenkins starting with the Monsal Trail parkrun on Saturday morning as a warm up to the half marathon a little later on. Saturday sounded the start of this extremely popular 2 day running festival which sold out all races on both days to prove it!
After refuelling on Saturday evening Dan took a shot at a fast Monsal Trail 10k on Sunday morning.
Unlike 2022 which was unseasonably very hot and sunny this year was generally overcast making for perfect running conditions.
The Monsal Trail Half Marathon unsurprisingly, takes in the stunning, traffic-free Monsal Trail – one of the most iconic of Peak District trails – with a flat-ish, good surface throughout, being a former Midland railway line and surrounded by beautiful countryside, this half marathon is billed as ideal for Spring marathon training. The route starts at the end of Bakewell Station. Runners speed out along the scenic trail until they reach Miller’s Dale, once there they turn round and head back towards Bakewell. Throughout the run they make their way through 4 railway tunnels and along a mixture of hard track and tarmac. Runners also cross the stunning Monsal Viaduct, a real highlight of the trail. Suitable for experienced runners but also a great introduction to the half marathon distance for runners of all abilities. The Monsal Trail 10k is brought by the same team that manages the Tissington Trail Half Marathon – which regularly features in the Runner’s World top 10 UK trail races – this race is also an out and back from the former Bakewell Station. Dan posted fantastic time for both days – the half marathon 1:35:16 and the 10k in 40:19 bagging 2nd place in the 10k and 2nd male in his age category in the half marathon!. Amazing running Dan well done!