Gallop 2012

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The 2012 Gaddesby Gallop was held in the rain on Saturday 22 December. After a wet autumn the fields were soaking underfoot and the ponds and brooks full. Unsurprisingly the times were slower than last year where the course record time of 30:04 was set in much drier conditions.  See here for a map of the route.

On the day Nick Cobley (Roadhoggs Leicester AC) won in a time of 41:21 followed by Ashley Miles (Coventry Sphinx AC) in 42:01 and third place went to John Crewe (Stamford Tri Club) in 42:33. First lady finisher was Laura Davison (West End Runners) in a time of 46:11 followed by Christine Howard (Matlock AC) in 48:25 and Caroline Scott (Sinfin) in 48:44. Nick and Laura’s names will be added to the trophy kept the The Cheney Arms.

First local finisher was Gaddesby’s Tristan Grigalis in a time of 48:34. First local lady was Laura Hargrave, also from Gaddesby in a time of 1:17:51.

There were 107 entrants – a lower number than anticipated but to be expected given the weather on the day. This year the race was supported by local pub The Cheney Arms and trophies were provided by Everards.

Any surplus made this year will be donated to Claire Warrington and Sharon Chapman’s appeal for Melton Mencap. Gaddesby’s Claire and Sharon are planning to walk along the Great Wall of China in April 2013.

The course record of 30:04 was set in 2011 by Mark Powell (Wigston Phoenix). Lady’s course record is 37:32 set by Gemma Steele in 2006.

25 Responses to Gallop 2012

  1. Linda Winston says:

    Hi Just wondered if there are any shower facilities. Thank you.

  2. SimonH says:

    Sorry no. We’ll have a hose pipe for cleaning muddy shoes and legs and there’s a ladies’ toilet in the village hall with a couple of sinks but no showers.

  3. John Jenkins says:

    If you havn’t sorted your first aid cover yet you might like to try these people: or email [email protected] We had them at the recent Seagrave Wold 10K and they were half the price of St Johns Ambulance and twice as good.

    • SimonH says:

      Thanks for the tip but we Peter Ufton of First Aid Services. Peter has been doing our first aid cover for some years and I’d recommend him too! He’s on 01530 458107 if anyone is interested in hiring him for their event.

  4. cat says:

    is it suitable for spikes??

    • SimonH says:

      I’ve been asked this before and I think the answer is “no”. Theres a short bit of road through Barsby which is about 1/4 mile long and its tarmac all the way with no grass verge. Walshes work well throughout.

  5. Jane James says:

    Hi, really enjoyed this race 3 years ago and will be running this year. My son wants to run, is there a minimum age? Thanks.

    • SimonH says:

      Thanks Jane and good question – we’ll have an answer by the end of the day!

      • SimonH says:

        We’ve checked with the rules from the Association of Running Clubs on age limits for open competition and the lower age limit for the Gallop will be 16 on the day of the race. This seems sensible as its a course across the open countryside.

        A number of people have asked us if younger children can do the course. Our response is that since the course is mostly on public footpaths younger children can run the course as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult. Younger children would not have to pay and would not be part of the race.

        I hope this makes sense!!

  6. cat says:

    hello, whats the course like?it sounds almost like an assult course goingthrough rivers etc!is it mostly xc rather than road?

    • SimonH says:

      No – its a cross country course mainly over footpaths and tracks. There are a few obstacles built in but don’t worry its not an assault course!

  7. Caroline says:

    Can my dog do it with me – on a lead? Recall there was a dog walker/runner last year.

    Many thanks

    • SimonH says:

      I don’t see why not. I used to run with my dog. But on a lead at all times please – and remember there are about 20 stiles on the course that you may have to lift your dog over.

  8. carl voisey says:

    Hi i run for owls ac is this race on the road

  9. Phil abbott says:

    Can you confirm the race is still going ahead and not affected by the flooding?

    • SimonH says:

      A bit late for you but the race went ahead as planned. It was the wettest Gallop we’ve held and it brought new challenges but we successfully ran the event.

  10. Fraser Danvers says:


    I have managed to leave my running shoes behind… Is there any chance that I could retrieve them please? Sorry for the inconvenience.


  11. caroline scott (41) says:

    Brilliant fun today, thanks. Couldn’t believe it was still on! Had to dash off straight away sadly as was a bit concerned I wouldn’t get back through the deluge to Derby. It was all good though, thankfully. Well done all and Happy Christmas to you 🙂

  12. Bruce Braithwaite says:

    I think I prefer the name Bernie!

    I had a great fun morning. thanks to the organisers and all the Marshalls.


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