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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 October/November

Here are some events for October/November 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.   


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

Bog Commander Mud and Obstacle Course, Buxton

Tissington Trail Half Marathon

5th Oulton Pk Duathlon

Carsington Short Course Duathlon

Chester Marathon

Red Bull Steeplechase, Castleton

Shelton Striders 10k and Fun Run

Congleton Half Marathon

Curbar Commotion Fell Race 9.5miles

Goose Fair 10k Gallop, Kimberley

Tissington Trail Half Marathon - Sunday event full

11th Whitworth Thread. Senior GP

North Midlands Cross Country, Markeaton Park, Derby

Wingerworth Wobbler

12th First BDL Cross Country, Shipley Park

Windgather 21.7k Burbage - CANCELLED

15th Derby Midweek 5k Race, Alvaston & Boulton Cricket Club, Raynesway, Derby.  7.20pm. Junior GP

18th Stuart Learmouth Wirksworth Undulator 13.5k

Clumber Park off road Duathlon, Worksop

Althorp Duathlon, Northampton

19th UK Fell Running Relay Championships, Nr. Kirkby Lonsdale. (Team to be announced shortly)

Go Tri Stockport Tri

26th Oct Worksop Halloween Half Marathon and Fun Run

31st Night Run Event Series - National Trust (Longshaw)

Absolute Dukeries Junior Tri, Newark, Notts


1st Grin and Bear it 25.6k Fell Race, Langsett Barn

No Walk in the Park 5k, Queen Pk, Chesterfield

2nd The Poppy Run, Derby

Peak Raid 3 - Round 1 of 4. Exact location tbc 1 month beforehand

8th Whitworth Thread

North Mids League X Country, Wicksteed Pk, Kettering

National X Duathlon Championships, Sherwood Pines, Notts

9th Leg It Round Lathkill 11.5k Fell Race, Over Haddon

BDL X Country, Chaddesden Park, Derby

Roaches 24.1k Fell Race, Meerbrook, Leek

16th Peak Raid 3 - Round 2 of 4. Exact location tbc 1 month beforehand

23rd Clowne Half Marathon. Senior GP and Derbyshire County Championships

Matthew Walker 10k Pudding Run, Shipley Park, Heanor

29th RAB Dark and White Mini MM Round 3.  Dark Peak.  Exact location tbc 1 month beforehand

Nottingham off road Duathlon

30th BDL X Country, Bakewell Showground.  Hosted by MAC

Peak Raid 3 - Round 3 of 4.  Exact location tbc 1 month beforehand








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: