Doctor’s run for mountain rescue

A Horsley Woodhouse GP set to take part in a 200 mile fund-raising race for Derby Mountain Rescue Team has pledged not to become a casualty.

Greg Crowley, the team’s medical officer and a team member for 17 years, is to take part in the 200 mile Dragon’s Back Race in Wales, starting on September 3.

Greg, 45, who lives in Crich, has taken part in many endurance trail and mountain races before, including the 106 mile Tour De Mont Blanc and the 105 mile Lakeland 100, but says this is by far the longest and most difficult challenge he will have face. Greg said: “The original Dragon’s Back Race has reached legendary status among fell and ultra runners and I am very excited to have secured a place in its rebirth. I have been training for it for eight months, spending many days having the luxury of being able to run in the Welsh Mountains. I have no idea how I will feel on the morning of day five, with just 47 miles to go. However, I will have to worry about getting to day five first! Whatever happens, I am determined not to need rescuing by any of the local Mountain Rescue teams!”

This gruelling challenge has only been held once before, in 1992 and has become legendary amongst fell, mountain and ultra runners. It is believed by many to be the toughest mountain running event ever organised. The event is being re-staged to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original race. It takes place over five days and includes 45,000 feet of ascent, equivalent to one and a half times the height of Everest. It starts at Conwy Castle in North Wales and heads along the spine of the country to end at Carreg Cennen Castle, crossing most of the major mountains in Wales en route. If you wish to support Greg in his challenge, please go to his Just Giving website at www. If anyone wishes to help the Derby Team raise funds they should call 07050 155537 or email or visit the website