Nine Edges Race
A very small but select field of about 40 gathered at the start under the dam wall at Fairholmes. DPFR took a decision to get up to Derwent Edge via our Margery Hill route, rather than the one suggested, and everyone else followed. Messrs Holmes & Harvey also got a flier off Derwent Edge to the Strines Rd by taking the Boundary Stones route rather than following the edge path, but after that it was very straight forward - Stanage Edge, The Green Drive, through Longshaw to Froggatt, Curbar & Baslow Edges, drop off behind Wellingtons Monument to pick up the Baslow Fell Race route through the woods to the A619.
Carry on in the woods up Gardoms and in theory turn left as you emerged from the woods to try and find an unmarked path to Birchen Edge. This was where disaster struck for me, as that low branch that claimed several scalps (literally!) in the Baslow Fell Race claimed me and knocked me to the ground (me too - ed). Feeling rather groggy and with no sign of a route to Birchens, and knowing I was a long way clear of the bloke behind, I just made a bee line for the Robin Hood and collected my certificate from the EMR tent in the Car Park. It wasn't until Simon arrived wondering how I'd finished in front of him and was halfway down my first pint, that we worked out I'd missed out the official finish on Birchens. However when several other runners arrived complaining about running round in circles in the bracken near Birchens it was apparent I was not the only one. Lewis from Clowne was 1st, Simon 2nd, me third, with Dave and Mark both in the top 10.
A great 1st attempt at a race by EMR, my only complaint being the Abbey Well water provided on route tasted like it was bottled in London.