Sally reaches peak form in run between churches

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A Sheffield runner came first among female competitors for the second year in a row in a 21 mile race over rough terrain between church steeples in the Peak District.

Sally Fawcett was the winner in an elite pack of 68 female runners in the Red Bull Steeplechase, which starts and finishes in Castleton and passes churches in Bamford, Hope and Edale. The race sees the slowest runners knocked out of the race at stages.

Sally Fawcett, who is a physiotherapist at the White House Physiotherapy Clinic, won in three hours 19 minutes, with a winning margin of 20 minutes and beating her own time last year by 28 minutes.

“I’ve been doing a lot of fell running events and that paid off,” she said. “I’ve had a great time, it was tough, but fun!”

In total, more than 300 competitors joined the challenge of physical and mental endurance across fields and through woods.

Stephen Canning, a member of Sheffield Triathlon Club, who also works at the White House Physiotherapy Clinic, finished 18th in the event last Sunday.

He said: “ I took part in the race last year and swore I’d never come back, but then I forgot about the pain in my legs! Turns out it was easier this year than last. I’ve really enjoyed it!”

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