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Whitworth Thread 13th September 2014

The Whitworth Thread 5k park run took place on Saturday 13th September in slightly cooler conditions than of late and before the September sun peeked through to make the going that little bit harder.

Despite the summer break, there were some fit-looking athletes out there – obviously the thought of an autumnal Thread has spurred you all on to keep fitness levels up.

Liz Cameron and Joanne Nuttall were awarded their 50k club certificates before the start and Thread HQ now awaits their nominations for a chosen charity which will be displayed on the website shortly   - where you will also find a full report, results and photos.

Well done to first timer Peter Shuttleworth who delivered a cracking course time of 17: 23 to take pole position and first lady was Tasmin Boam in 21.54 with MACs Nicky Dick only 5 seconds behind.   First home for MAC was Jacob Cousins in 20.17.  There were 19 new runners and, hopefully, these will return to improve their times and fitness. Young Emily Holland and Rowan Haddon-Brown did exceptionally well to complete their first event by running 3 laps.   Lynette Holland, fresh from her success at completing the Great North Run, blitzed her PB by two and half minutes.

 This month £64 was donated to the Whitworth Trust charity. 

Events for September and October

Here are some events for September/October including Grand Prix and targeted races for  promotion of Team participation, including junior races. Let me know if there are any others to add in.   


3rd Derbyshire Chevin 4.6k and 2.3k. Junior GP

5th Great Longstone Chase 7.7k

6th No Walk in the Par 5k, Queens Park, Chesterfield

7th Wilne 10k. Senior GP and Derbyshire County Chamnps

Great North Run

Exterminator 25.7k Totley

Shelf Moor 9.1k, Old Glossop

8th Trunce 9

13th Whitworth Thread

Great Kinder Beer Barrel Challenge

Nine Edges Endurance 32.8k

14th Ashbourne Half Marathon

Gawsworth 10k, Macclesfield

Chesterfield & Derbyshire Marathon

Derby Sprint Tri, Etwall

Calke Abbey 10k

Padfield Plum Fair Scamper 8.8k

20th Lantern Pike 8k

High Peak 40 Challenge, Buxton

Wild Warrior Obstacle Mud Run

21st Fat Boys Stanage Struggle 9.9k. Senior GP

Wild Warrior Obstacle Mud Run

Ladybower 50 Ultra Series

27th  DVO orienteering event Birchen Edge and annual dinner.

27th Sandstone Trail Race A 27.5k

Sandstone Trail Race B 17k, Beeston Castle, Cheshire

28th White Peak Tri, Osmaston Pk, Ashbourne

T'Owd Man Race, Wirksworth 21.8k

Macclesfield Half Marathon


4th No Walk in the Park 5k, Queens Pk, Chesterfield

5th Oulton Pk Duathlon

Carsington Short Course Duathlon

Red Bull Steeplechase, Castleton

Shelton Striders 10k and Fun Run

Congleton Half Marathon

Curbar Commotion Fell Race 9.5miles

11th Whitworth Thread. Senior GP

         North Midlands Cross Country

         Wingerworth Wobbler

12th First BDL Cross Country, Shipley Park

       Windgather 21.7k Burbage - CANCELLED

18th Stuart Learmouth Wirksworth Undulator 13.5k

19th UK Fell Running Relay Championships, Nr. Kirkby Lonsdale

26th Oct Worksop Halloween Half Marathon and Fun Run





Matlock Triathlon Report by Karl Webster


“Typical Bank Holiday”, you hear them moan. “Raining as usual.”

Well, I think I can shed some light on this national moaning-about-the-weather pastime. It isn’t actually as bad as people make out. This is the 12th Matlock Tri (although it used to be called the MARS Tri pre-2011) and it’s the first time it has been a completely dull and wet day. We’ve had it mixed before and we might get another wet one around 2026, but at least crawling from under the duvet to put yourself through the rigours of a triathlon allows for a feeling of satisfaction and that we haven’t been robbed of that perpetual which we feel we’re entitled to.

With that in mind, I have to pass on my profound thanks to all the helpers who endured hours of wet and cold conditions. Everyone appreciated their presence, enthusiasm and staying power. The swimming club helpers drew the long straw from many short ones this year!

Also, thanks go to the DDDC for the use of the leisure centre and to those who donated or helped towards the prizes, namely:

John Palin Wholesale;

The Derbyshire Winery;

Stanley Fearn Cycles;

Middle Mountains;

First Ascent;

Blueberry Food Co:

High Peak Triathlon Club.

I hope the new bike course was to the liking of most people. It was certainly easier to manage and, comparing this year’s times to last, a minute or two quicker.

200 people made it to the finish line this year with close on one-third being novices so I do hope many of those first-timers go on to tackle more triathlons in the future.

So, on to the plaudits.

Eugene Grant made it 3 in a row with his win this year and Michelle Willcocks won the ladies’ race by a similar 2-minute margin.

From the entry fees and the little bonus from the impromptu auction of days out there will be £567.50 going to their chosen charities which are Ashgate Hospice (Eugene’s choice) and Ostomy Lifestyle (Michelle’s).

The category winners are as follows:


1.      Eugene Grant (57.26)

2.      Michael Beech (59.12)

3.      Steve Penney (59.56)

U16. Joe Hallas (1.17.05)

U20. Tom Bains (1.03.09)

O40. David Boyes (1.04.11)

O50. Tony Caulton (1.06.16)

O60. Frank Fielding (1.15.23)  


1.      Michelle Willcocks (1.05.18)

2.      Sara Eames (1.07.13)

3.      Sarah Harrison (1.10.01)

U16. Elsbeth Grant (1.10.54)

U20. Charlotte Trueman-Marsden (1.23.40)

O40. Christine Howard (1.11.56)

O50. Julie Weeks (1.17.13)

O60. Sally Smith (1.40.19)


Men – Laurynas Giriunas (1.09.05); John Linnell (1.11.01); Jack Sumner (1.12.01)

Ladies – Karolina Kucharek (1.24.31); Stephanie Jackson-Horner (1.29.02; Despina Berdeni (1.32.24)

Well done to them all and, of course, to the rest of you whether your race was good, bad or indifferent. You were there taking part and made the day what it was and made a valuable contribution towards local sport, triathlon in general and some very worthwhile causes.

And for those who for one reason or another didn’t make the finish line, or even the start, thanks for taking part or planning on doing so and I hope better fortune accompanies you to your next race.

On behalf of Matlock & District Swimming Club, Matlock Cycling Club and Matlock Athletic Club best wishes and thanks once again.

Full results will be posted in  'Results' Tab


The finalised results of the 2014 Ricky's Race are now available, see results menu and click on Ricky's Race. 

Report Whitworth Thread 9th August

The Whitworth Thread took place on Saturday 9th August in sunny, but windy conditions.  As it is holiday season, it was a great turnout of 66 runners with 24 first timers.  Josh Moody, former MAC runner won in 18.39.  Other notable MAC performances –4th Peter Wilmot 19.52, 6th Dennis Holmes 20.53, 10th Nick Harrison 21.34.  1st lady was MAC runner12 year old Michaela Dick in 22.34.  Great to see Pat Goodall and Jeremy Brayshaw from Totley AC, but from even further afield, David Peacock, visiting from China!  This month £77 was raised for the Association for International Cancer Research.  Liz Cameron and Joanne Nuttall achieved their Threadstone certificates having run 50k in the park runs. Full results and photos: