As last year, the Belper Rover cross country running race went through Milford on the morning of Sunday 15th August. Many will have noticed the signs that appeared on The Chevin, Wood Lane and Sunny Hill before the race.
The cross country run, which has been going for several years, covers 18 miles/30km and starts and finishes at the rugby club in Belper. It is organised by Dave Mann and Mark Hudson, the latter a Milford resident (see here for details.) It is a very scenic route, including Shining Cliff Woods, The Bear at Alderwasley, Longwalls Lane, Blackbrook, Lumb Lane and the Depths of Lumb, entering Milford via Hazelwood Hall Farm and the Chevin Golf Course onto Wood Lane. Here the runners take a sharp left turn up Sunny Hill for the last climb of the day, carrying on up North Lane and along The Chevin before descending down to the Derwent and back to the rugby club in Belper. Despite the warm and humid conditions on the day, the run was very popular with the contestants and twice as many runners took part in comparison to last year. Blooming Milford members and members of the Milford Community GreenSpace helped out at the water stations at The Bear in Alderwasley, Lumb Lane in Blackbrook, and Wood Lane off Sunny Hill in Milford, as last year.
A generous donation was given to both groups by the Belper Rover organisers, for which both groups are very grateful.