Always a staunch supporter of local clubs, Karl Webster has spent many years being involved in race organisation. As a former county standard runner with Matlock AC he remains a keen competitor on his feet and also in the saddle and in the water as a member of Matlock’s cycling and swimming clubs. Various combinations of these sports have led to him racing all over the country and in Europe representing his clubs, Derbyshire Police and the national Police Sport UK team and, alongside this, he has often brought various groups together to host events such as the Matlock Triathlon since 2003 (to raise money towards the town’s new leisure centre and for charity since it was built in 2011), the British Police Fell Race in 2003, 2010 and 2015 and in 2012 inaugurated the River Derwent swim series on behalf of Matlock and District Swimming Club. Variety is the spice of his life having simultaneously held the police national marathon, triathlon and orienteering championship titles back in 2003 and has been a member of the winning team in the Great Kinder Beer Barrel Race three times (according to those who take part, it's one of the toughest team events in the Peak District - the race itself, not the aftermath!) and a some-time penny-farthing racer with varying degrees of success...and failure.
His considerably-better-half Christine Howard is a well-known athlete who has competed in England and GB colours in the World Mountain Running Championships and the age-group World Duathlon Champioships where she won and then retained the 40-44 title in 2010 and 2011. Numerous wins in a variety of races over many years have earned her great respect as an athlete and she even gets a mention in Richard Asquith's book Feet In The Clouds for giving the author a sound thrashing whilst seven months pregnant!
More recently Karl and Christine have teamed up with others to compete in adventure races, these being multi-day, multi-discipline races in various part of the world.
Club events are great and are what keep the sport going but, due to everyone’s commitments and shortage of that most precious of commodities – time – clubs tend to reach a saturation point which is a shame when there is so much more which could be organised to offer competitive multisport opportunities locally. So, here’s Peaklife Sport.
Seeking out the area’s loveliest pockets through the eyes of a racer, and looking to add that bit of something unique, it is hoped that Peaklife Sport will expand its events repertoire to provide memorable occasions for all who take up the challenge.
All our races are races: not too big that wave starts are required and the racing sensation is blurred. That old fashioned sense of coming together to share a race is important to us, and making a profit, although nice if it happens, is not our main motivation. We're all friends and rivals for the day, looking to satisfy our need for that special racing experience.
Wishing you all the best in your sporting endeavours.