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Brian Clough and Peter Taylor People's Run attracts 800

  • 10 March 2013
  • From the section England
Nigel Clough at the Clough Taylor People's Run
Image caption Derby County boss Nigel Clough - son of Brian Clough - said the conditions were difficult

About 800 people have taken part in a 10km race in memory of football legend Brian Clough and his former assistant Peter Taylor.

The first Clough Taylor People's Run took place at Donington Park in Leicestershire to raise money for four charities.

The management duo led both Nottingham Forest and Derby County to league and cup success in the 1970s and 80s.

Organiser Jim Cowan said the event had gone very well.

"The aim of today was to remember two legends and say thank you," said Mr Cowan. "It's also to raise money for charity. We're targeting £10,000, anything above that we'll be pleased with."

'Fantastic turn out'

Derby County boss Nigel Clough, son of Brian, and former Nottingham Forest striker Garry Birtles crossed the line together on 65 minutes.

"My dad would have enjoyed walking his dog around the track," said Mr Clough. "Him and Pete [Taylor] would have had a nice leisurely stroll.

"We'll try and do it next year, but it gets harder as you get older."

Wendy Dickinson, daughter of Peter Taylor, who also took part, said: "He would have been amazed. It was fantastic turn out and shows how much people loved Brian and my dad."

Image caption Runners wore the white and red of Derby and Forest

Tim Hartley, from Nottingham, won the men's race in 34 minutes and 32 seconds, and Christine Holmes, from Trentham Running Club, won the women's race in 40 minutes and 15 seconds.

Competitors wore red and white t-shirts, the colours of the two football clubs Clough and Taylor managed.

The pair steered Derby County out of the old Division Two in 1969 and three years later won the first division title.

After a dispute with the board of directors, Clough and Taylor left the club in 1973.

With Nottingham Forest, the duo won the league in 1978 and the European Cup twice, in 1979 and 1980.

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