Matlock Athletic Club
Formed in 1976, Matlock Athletic Club provides competition for runners of all ages and abilities from the recreational runner to the competitive athlete. Based at the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock with the beautiful Derbyshire scenery on our doorstep, training nights are Mondays at 6.00pm and Thursdays at 6.30pm. The club also hosts the popular White Peak Marathon and Half Marathon, two annual fell races, the Whitworth Thread 5K and a triathlon, and also gives practical support to a number of other local races. Enjoy our website and feel free to get in touch.
“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;
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.
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The finalised results of the 2014 Ricky's Race are now available, see results menu and click on Ricky's Race.
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: www.5kparkrunderbyshire.co.uk
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
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 www.runningwithdavid.com
17th Belper Rugby Rover 30km . Senior GP
Leek Half Marathon
18th Big Fun Run Derby
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. www.runningwithdavid.com
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
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: www.5kparkrunderbyshire.co.uk