Ambergate prepares for annual carnival

A traditional race in Ambergate which dates back to the 1920s is set to go-ahead on Sunday, July 8.

The Up and Down Race, which forms part of Ambergate Carnival Week, will this year start at the Recreation Ground on Derby Road.

A two and a half mile route then takes runners off-road into Shining Cliff Woods and back again.

Tina Faloon, Vice-Chair of the Ambergate Carnival Committee, said: “The Up and Down Race has always been popular, with fierce competition for the honour of being first to cross the finishing line.

“Entry is free and participants are welcome to run for a charity of their choice if they wish. We hope lots of people will come along and help keep this long-standing Ambergate tradition alive.”

The race begins at 1pm and participants can register to take part by contacting Tina Faloon on 01773 856674 or on the day from 12.30pm.

Certificates will be presented to all participants and winners will receive medals and trophies.

The Up and Down Race will be followed by a fun Family Sports Day, starting at 2pm, including races for younger runners and traditional games including an obstacle course and three legged race. Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon.

Also taking place during the afternoon will be the annual Carnival Dog Show, a fun event for dogs and their owners to show off their canine talents.

The annual Ambergate Carnival Quiz is also taking place at 9.00pm (for 9.30pm start) on Friday July 6 at the Spanker Inn, Nether Heage.

The entry fee is £6 per team.