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White Peak Marathon and Swift Half Report 2015

Report from Chairman, Alan Pickering, on WPM and Swift Half:

"Who would have thought that 12 Degrees C would have felt so cold as fair wind speeds greeted our Marathon runners at Thorpe and our Swift Half Marathon Runners at Friden?  Maybe it could have been the early downpour at 5am which put a chill in the air but whatever it was, it didn’t stop the smiles on the faces of all the runners ready to take on the Challenge.

This year, the Start had been delayed slightly to accommodate the operation of the Swing Bridge on the Cromford Canal and our close links with the “Friends of Cromford Canal”, owners and operators of heritage narrow boat “Birdswood”, ensured that both events could take place. (Our thanks to Vix Wilding and her team for her help in co-ordinating this).

So, at 11:10am, co-ordinated with almost military precision the White Peak Events started. This year producing some great times in both the Marathon and the Half (perhaps that fair tail wind had something to do with it)!

The Half Marathon winner Dean Taylor running for Heanor Running Club crossed the finish line in 1:15:09 a good two minutes clear of Darren Nockles  of Penistone who came in 2nd place at 1:17:44 (Darren’s time was also up on last year’s 2nd place by 41 seconds). In 3rd place (up 1 position from last year), at 1:21:37 came Matthew Nutt of Formula One CC  and First Lady (in 4th place)  - Kate Wright of Stratford Upon Avon, was just chasing  6 seconds behind him in 1:21:43. 2nd  Lady Helen Shulver of Team Trisports  in 27th place at 1:32:30 and 3rd  Lady in 32nd Place was Ellena Woodhead of Kimberworth Striders at 1:34:25

For MAC,  Finn Page had a brilliant race and was pleased with 5th position and over 10 minutes faster than last year with a super time of 1:22:48. Daniel Ashcroft running in his first Half Marathon romped home in  a fantastic 1:33:03 Alison Pye came home next for Mac and scooped a PB at the same time in 1:48:24 and with just a 2 second gap Neil Webster, also running his first Half Marathon, came home in 1:48:26. Will Hoon also came flying home in his first Half Marathon (having discovered the unpleasantness of “Runners Tummy” at Black Rocks) in a great time of 1:54:07. There were 230 finishers in the Half Marathon.

The Vet Category Prize winners are as Follows:

1st MV40    N Roberts of Rugby and Northampton AC at 1:24:44

2nd MV40    S Thompson (unattached)   at 1:25:40

1stMV50      M Elwiss (unattached) at  1:25:46

1st MV60     J Downing of Kingstone Runners at  1:39:47 

1st LV40      Jackie Brown of Roadhoggs Leicester at 1:37:39

2nd LV40      Judith Havenhand (unattached) at 1:38:18

1st LV50       Diane Waite of Stainland Lions at 1:39:12

1st LV60       Kate Waddicor (unattached) at 1:48:15

Sinfin rcdc were the Half Marathon Team Winners.

For the Marathon, some more impressive times were achieved (I am sure it’s something to do with that tail wind)!

Last year’s Marathon winner Kevin Doyle of Kimberworth Striders came in again as this year’s winner at 2:46:53 shaving almost 4 minutes off last years’ time. In 2nd place was Shaun Livesey of Blackburn Harriers in 2:49:37 with 3rd place going to Joe Hawkins of Datchet Dashers in 2:56:36

First lady was Kelly Simonds in 15th position in 3:15:39.  2nd Lady was Pilar Isidro of A To Trapo in 20th Position at 3:20:14 and 3rd Lady was Caroline Hemming of Spectrum Striders at 3:23:24

For MAC, John Hurley came home in 38th Position in 3:36:52 and scooped the MV60 Prize and Tessa Brough in 144th Position and running her first ever Marathon in the LV 60 Category came home an impressive 4:39:24.  There were 166 finishers in the Marathon

The Vet Category  Prize winners are as Follows:

1st MV 40             Craig Muress (unattached) at 2:58:56

2nd MV40             David Elphick (unattached) at 3:11:17

1st MV50              Ian Kittle  (unattached) at 3:17:51

1st MV60              John Hurley of Matlock AC at 3:36:52

1st LV 40                Helen Morley (unattached) at 3:32:48

2nd LV40                Ruth Baker  (unattached) at 3:39:21

1st LV 50                Fliss Milner of North Derbyshire RC at 3:56:58

1st LV60                 Lynda Bradshaw (unattached) at 4:18:06

Kimberworth Striders were the Marathon Team winners.

Matlock Athletic Club would like to thank the Following for their help and support without which the White Peak Events could not take place.

Peak District National Park, Derbyshire County Council (Economy, Transport and Environment), “The Friends of Cromford Canal”, Keys Estates and Land Agents representative Gary Kirk BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV, Slacks Coaches, Jayne and her fantastic Ambulance Team of Peakmedicare,  Land Tenant Robert Marshall, and support from Water Bailiff John Pass. Car Parking Management Ian Page of TPS, Mark Packard for use of the Rugby Club House and facilities, Karen Morley and Team for Catering, Dave Newton for providing the Goody Bags, All the Volunteers of MAC and Friends of MAC who Marshalled the Water Stations, Car Park and Event Logistics as well as the Course Set up team and last but not least All the Runners who made the events such a success."



Whitworth Thread 9th May 2015

The Whitworth Thread took place on Saturday 9th May and Luke Beresford of Ripley RC achieved a course record in 17.01. 1st lady was MACs Alison Pye in 22.00.
Here is a report from Darran Nuttall:
“Not a bad turn today, clearly some post election hangovers / blues may have been affecting those stopping up all night to watch results roll in and this morning gives a chance to catch up on sleep for some. The absence of adults allowed the kids to shine today with some really young runners showing great grit and determination to complete 2, 3 and even 4 laps.

At 17 mins and 1 second whilst Thread HQ was complementing Sue on her new hair colour, a new course record suddenly and rudely interrupted us. Luke Beresford finished by shaving a whole two seconds off the previous time – what a fabulous effort and surely the park is close to giving up a sub 17min time in future runs to come this year.

There were 29 PBs today including Julie Atkinson who completed 4 laps for the first time and Tasha the dog, whom we’d expect to see an even better improvement from next month. A little narcissistic, but we couldn’t not mention Thread HQs very own Joshua Nuttall, who recording a time of 22:43, demolished his previous PB by 4mins.

Young Baxter Brennan complete one lap and was rightly excited by his achievement – so much so he cherished the finishing token and headed off into the car park with it. Technical point to note Baxter – if we all did that Thread HQ would be stump next time round, so why not get Dad to buy you a celebratory token for todays achievements.

£86.10 was raised from today’s takings including a bit from last week’s Loose Thread TM. Aqua box nominated by benefits from this amount. What surge of runners we’ve had acquiring 50k club status – please check the 50K club tab on our website for your name.

If it’s there (7 this month alone) Thread HQ expects a prompt email with your charity nomination. Post July, a Thread Hat containing all names will be presented to a runner to draw out a nominee as a future recipient of your kind donations.

Speaking of which if young Jacob Rifkin’s was as quick nominating for his chosen charity as he is round the course, we wouldn’t be nagging – but yours is still out standing Jacob – shake a leg!
See you next month”
Full results and photos:


Whitworth Thread 11th April 2015

It was another excellent turnout for Saturday 11th April’s Whitworth Thread with 99 completing the course. The day started with rain but the race finished in sunshine. 
MACs Colin Davenport led from the front to finish first in 17.16, 2nd Luke Beresford in 17.33 and 3rd MACs Michael Beech in 17.55. Great to see so many MACs in the top places. 1st lady Kate Ruffell in 22.46. 
There were 20 new runners today and 28 PBs. £101.05 was raised for the Haemophiliac Trust – as nominated by William Croft. 
Also lots of MAC juniors taking part today in a bid to gain points in the first race of this year’s Grand Prix. Don’t forget to send in your results.
Full report, results and photos:


Whitworth Thread 14th March 2015

Report from Darran Nuttall: "Well…all that nagging has finally paid off! What a turn out. We’ve been at the results sheets all day and what a joy it was to see all our runners filling the park for a bit of early morning exertion and feel good factor.

At the business end, Pete Shuttleworth set such a cracking pace Thread HQ was sure he’d burn out but we still got nervous on the final lap when he came in with a storming finish of 17:39.

Great to see our Wirksworth ladies returning with a little more brio in their step after their practice run.  35 PBs you lot have finally overhauled Thread HQs challenge of 50 PBs since November. That means we are considering cakes for Easter run finishers.

Great determination from Vicky Shuttleworth – completing her first ever 5k! and well done too to the kids from Tryumph Health for swelling the numbers and taking part in their first Whitworth thread.

Every month Thread HQ gives thanks to our tireless marshals, but can we draw special attention to Viv and Ranald McDonald? Most of you will have noticed Viv perched on a stool near the lake today. This is not a call out for sympathy as they are contractually obliged to chastise slack running effort when they see it.

£147.05 was raised from today’s takings including £17 from last week’s Loose Thread TM, which brings us to our latest experiment and a reminder from last weeks email that should anyone want to call a Loose Thread TM, remember to contact us through Facebook.

The Whitworth trust will benefit from this amount. We await young Jacob Rifkin’s nomination for his chosen charity.

See even more of you next month we hope……………."

Full results and photos:

Whitworth Thread 14th February 2015

The winner of this month's Thread was Luke Beresford in 17.57.  First lady Christine Howard 20.24.

"February always seems to be one of our busiest months at the Thread and you didn’t disappoint this year with 94 of you turning out in the mist to complete the course!! I do believe we had at least another half a dozen start the race but retired early without crossing the line, so we will have to wait a bit longer to reach the magic 100!!

The morning started with a bit of a panic for Thread HQ, turning up at the Whitworth Centre to find it was all locked up without a caretaker in sight! A quick text to our leader, currently holidaying in Morocco, and the ‘break in’ instruction was received! Luckily, just as Dennis was reaching for the crowbar, the rattle of keys came around the corner!

So to the run itself…. love was obviously in the air this morning as you all seemed to have chased each other round the course very quickly – with 84 of you completing the run in less than 31 minutes!! With 30 new runners and 22 PBs it’s certainly been a busy morning for Thread HQ!

You proved again what a generous lot you are as you raised £117.32 for the Jacob Holmes Trust!

It was great to see so many youngsters running and a good turnout for the Matlock Athletics Club Junior Grand Prix!

We must add our thanks to the marshals (Lewis, Alice, Dennis, Ray etc) who stepped in to cover ‘annual leave’ (unauthorised I may add!).

A final plea if I may! We have had a few issues with the results due to people crossing the line and refusing a token along with people crossing the line twice. It does cause us a headache to try and resolve so the motto is ‘Cross the line once only and take a token – no matter what!’ If any of you think your results are incorrect today please get in touch.

See you next month…"

Full results and photos -