When I started running 4 years ago I was running back into Belper on a Sunday morning on a what was then a long training run from Derby, I ran all the way along the A6, as I came back into town I started seeing people with race numbers walking around by the Rugby Club , lots and lots of runners , I had no clue what the event was but I was amazed there was something so big in the running world in my home town that I didn’t know about ….. So I asked one of the …them …. To be told the Rugby Rover in a tone which suggested I had just asked someone what the London Marathon was , when told of the route I looked up to the chevin in awe and couldn’t quite believe people ran that far up and over there …… I googled it and sure enough it was an iconic event … Not that I would ever be able to do that ….. I thought …….
2 years on and I found myself running those distances although only on the road at that time ( I didn’t know any better 😉 ) and that winter a few of us in the club started talking about running it the following year …. Only the entries didn’t open when they normally did, rumours started that it wasn’t going to happen , then confirmation it was cancelled 😦 I and others were gutted , all these years such a big event had happened in my home town , now I was a “runner” it had died 😦
Then Tim Holling decided to take matters into his own hands and took over the running of the event , with assurances from local running clubs we would help , last years event was a huge success and I ran my first Rugby Rover , I feel very proud to wear the T-Shirt and it has been commented on many times when I’m out racing in far flung places , people on my running forum from all over the UK have in the past run the event, travelled 100’s of miles to compete and others still have it on their tick list.
Tim has been asking for help ….. Some have come forward , many of you might not know Tim , might not have heard much of the event as I hadn’t when I first started running but without some more names coming forward when it comes to your turn to think about running in this iconic race it won’t be there ……..
If you can only spare a couple of hours then you could be a massive help at registration , if you’ve got family then a family could man a checkpoint , cheer the runners thru , this wouldn’t be more than 4/5 hours , maybe share a checkpoint with another family and do just a couple of hours …. Anything / time would make the difference between this happening or not ….
SO PLEASE HELP ( in the nicest of kick ass ways 😉 )