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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


For the provisional results of the 2014 Ricky's Race, see results menu and click on Ricky's Race. Because of the heavy rain, there were problems recording at the finish, so anyone who has any comment, please make them via the contact tab. Corrections will be made for the finalised results which will be published in 2 or 3 weeks.


Many thanks to the competitor who passed a euro off as a pound!

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:

Events for August/September

Here are some events for August/September including Grand Prix and and highlighted races for  promotion of Team participation. Let me know if there are any others to add in or errors. GP  Grand Prix     


1st Salt Cellar Fell Race 10.9k, nr Bamford

2nd Tegg's Nose Fell Race 11.7k

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

Meerbrook 15k, Leek

3rd Blithfield Tri, Staffs

Peakskyrace 29m, Buxton

Dovedale Dipper (26 miles/16 mile ramble)

4th Bradwell Fell Race 6k

Trunce 7

5th Parwich Junior U8s(over6), U10s, U12s GP

Parwich Panoramic 5 Fell Race 8.5k

6th Cracken Edge Fell Race 11.3km

7th Derbyshire Chevin Fell Race 7.3km

9th Whitworth Thread

Half Tour of Bradwell Fell Race 25km

Long Tour of Bradwell Fell Race 52.7km

10th Sherwood Pines 10k, Mansfield

13th Eccles Pike Fell Race 3.4 miles

14th Ricky's Race 7.3km

16th Bluebell duathlon

17th Belper Rugby Rover 30km . Senior GP

Leek Half Marathon

18th Big Fun Run Derby

Trunce 8

19th Taddington Lanes Race. Senior GP

24th Bradbourne Fell Races. Senior and Junior GP

Southwell Swine 10 or 5 miler, Southwell

25th Matlock Tri followed by Summer Social gathering at Whitworth Park

Chesterfield Community Run

Hope Show Losehill Dash 4km

26th Barrel Inn, Eyam 10.4km

28th Malt Shovel relay.

29th Peak District Challenge 90km, Hathersage

30th Double or Quit 5 or 10 mile road race, Heanor

31st City of Derby Triathlon

Longshaw Sheepdog Trials Fell Race 9.7km

Crowden Horseshoe Fell Race 12.9km

Riverside Run 10k, Burton on Trent


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

Exterminator 25.7k Totley

Shelf Moor 9.1k, Old Glossop

8th Trunce 9

13th Whitworth Thread

Nine Edges Endurance 32.8k

14th Ashbourne Half Marathon

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

28th Sandstone Trail Race A 27.5k

Sandstone Trail Race B 17k, Beeston Castle, Cheshire

T'Owd Man Race, Wirksworth 21.8k

Macclesfield Half Marathon

Report Whitworth Thread 12th July

On Saturday 12th July the Whitworth Thread took place.  Organiser Darran Nuttall reported: “Thread HQ intentionally arranged the weather for our first anniversary event.  A total of 65 runners and nice to see some new families turning up to try out the course.  We’d have put the bunting up, but it was all used up by the Queen earlier in the week.

Liz Cameron, Joanne Nuttall and Dennis Belbin need just one more event to secure their Threadstone certificates marking running 50k of the park.”

Matlock AC’s Joe Hallas at last claimed the top spot in 18.05 and first lady was Kate Ruffell in 22.01.  Well done to them and all who took part.

14 new runners this week and a special mention to Jacob Rifkin who completed the run in 23.47 and he is only 9.  Catherine Pierce, the first recipient of a Threadstone certificate nominated the Michael Clifford Memorial Fund for this month’s donations of £59.60.  Simon Croft donated a bottle of wine to Thread HQ to mark the 1st birthday.

Full results and photos on: