One of our great local athletics events comes to Mickleover again this year on Sunday 5th March, that being the Great Northern Run organised by Huub Events. It consists of a Half Marathon and a 10km Race, both starting from Spinneybrook Way off Station Road in Mickleover, the route going out along Radbourne Lane to join the Greenway at Heage Lane and returning to finish at Mickleover Station.
As in previous years the Derby Rangers will be assisting with the marshalling and all Rangers are welcome to come along. We will be on duty from 9.30am at Bearwardcote and Bannel's Gates having earlier unlocked and opened all gates.
The photo above shows the huge pneumatic finish gantry at Mickleover Station.
This year it will be further back along the path as last year there was some congestion as runners arrived.
Here we are at Bearwardcote Gate last year. It was bitterly cold, so flasks of hot coffee were good, but a small bonfire would have been better, although the runners did not seem to feel the cold as we did.