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Northern XC Relays, Graves Park, Sheffield

Northern XC Relays, Graves Park, Sheffield

Autumn XC/Fell Relays

There is a new message on the forum with details regarding this Autumns national & regional XC and fell relay championships. Please leave add a message to the thread if you are interested in helping to organise a team or wish to compete

Events for September/October 2016

Events for September/October 2016

New Members Guide to BDL Cross Country

The first race of the new 2016/17 BDL XC season will be held on 2nd October at Shipley Park, so for any new members who wish to run in the series, here are a few pointers to help you with preparation:

You must be a fully paid up member of Matlock AC and run in a Matlock AC club top.  (To do this see a committee member or send a message on the 'Contact' page) and be aged 14+. All 2nd claim members have to be registered prior to the first race.

Remember to hydrate beforehand - drink water!! Some of you may wish to take a bottle (of water!) to the race.

For those who want to lift-share we normally meet at the old Lido car park in Matlock at 9.15 am.  Best to arrive at race up to an hour beforehand to give time to check race route map (you cannot get lost, the route is always marked with red and white tape and/or marshalled); go to the loo!; warm up with some jogging and stretches.

Check weather forecast for the day and tog up accordingly.  Those who particularly feel the cold will need to wear a long-sleeved top under your Matlock running vest, full length running tights, hat and gloves.

For footwear you will need cross country spikes, fell shoes or trail shoes with a good bold tread as conditions will generally be muddy to start and then get even muddier further into the series, but that is all part of the fun!!

Facilities vary depending on location, but the club tenet will alwyas be present  Sports bags and kit can be left here, however the area will be unattended. Bring a total change of warm clothes and trainers and even wellies may be the order of the day before and after race!

Good idea to bring your own flask for a warm post-race drink!

All runners start together with an 11.00am start and the race is approx. 8k (5miles).  At the end of the race you will be given a token in the finish tunnel which you should give to the Matlock AC Team Captain, as this is your finishing position. 

Bring plastic bags for post-race gear!

Thanks in anticipation to all new members who are going to run - we appreciate the team spirit and hope that you enjoy the race!! Any supporters welcome!!

Promoting Matlock AC

We are hoping to raise the Club's profile in various ways but one which has lapsed and, I think, is important, is having race reports in the Matlock Mercury, hopefully on a regular basis.   I think this is important, not just for club members, but for the general public interested in sport to see what we are up to.  This may also encourage new members to join.
I go to as many races as I can, which I can report upon with photos, but obviously can't be everywhere.  Therefore, if you are competing or have a supporter, please send me a report and photo if possible.
Here is an idea of what I require:
Name of Event
Type of Event  eg if fell, road, trail etc.  Triathlon, duathlon, (anything with running in it!)
Day, Date
Weather           Brief description of conditions.  Rain, sun, snow, mud underfoot, windy etc etc
Result               eg position in field and age group position if poss.  Also if other Matlock AC members taking part.  I know it is
                           difficult to give exact timed positions but just 1st, 10th, 180th, 1,000th whatever would be great.  
Name of first man and first lady
The reports have to be in to Matlock Mercury by Tuesday first thing, so please get stuff to me in plenty of time; as I am aware that most races are on the Saturday and Sunday.  If it is impossible to do so and it may be worth waiting for results from race organisers, send in as much info as possible and I could look up the results and I could always put the report in the following week. 
I do not want just local stuff, if you are doing a race anywhere else in the country, or the world for that matter, let me know as  we do not want to be seen as parochial!  It doesn't matter if it is a local 5K run dressed as santa or a world qualifying triathlon in monte carlo! (I wish); it will be interesting to someone!!
There will be more info and news on the website, including a Facebook page, forthcoming events (including targeted team events at which as many Matlock AC members as possible take part); so please get in the habit of checking it out.  Also the Forum can be useful for arranging lift sharing to events with other club members.
Please also contact me with any queries, suggestions regarding publicity, forthcoming races etc.
Thanks.  Happy running
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