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.
Karl reports: "Well, I thought after last year’s wet race we were due some sunshine this year but, even if it didn’t come down from the sky, it was there in everyone’s attitude and mood.
I cannot begin to thank the marshals enough today. It’s one thing racing for an hour or so in damp conditions, but it’s another standing around in it for half the day for the benefit of others and still have a sense of humour at the end of it. Top marks to them all.
It appears we’re still doing quite well in attracting new people to the sport with a healthy proportion of novices yet again. I hope you found it rewarding and will go on to meet other multisport challenges.
Congratulations to all of you who met the challenges of the race and succeeded in attaining what you had set out to do, whether that was to win or to just finish in one piece, and everyone can be consoled that times were never going to be fast on a day like today.
That said, the overall winner, Pete Shuttleworth, was not far outside the course record set by Eugene Grant in 2014 and our first lady Michelle Willcocks knocked a bit off her winning time from last year.
Pete and Michelle, as winners, have the honour of choosing the charities which will benefit from almost £500 each from a half share of half the profits. Pete’s choice is the PCA’s (Professional Cricketers’ Association’s) charity project and Michelle’s is Ostomy Lifestyle.
Matlock and District Swimming Club, Matlock Cycling Club and Matlock Athletic Club will all benefit from the other half of the profits and I’m sure I can pass their thanks on to you for coming along and joining in, or at least paying your entry fee to help these great local clubs function and flourish.
The casualty count today was just one: a broken collar bone from a bike spill and thanks to all who helped Dolores after her fall, especially anyone doing so at the expense of your own race result.
Donations of prizes and facilities were much appreciated and came from a number of local businesses:
Derbyshire Dales District Council (free use of the leisure centre);
Blueberry Food Company (hamper);
John Palin Wholesale (fruit);
The Derbyshire Winery (wine);
Wolds Farm Matlock Brewery (beer);
Stanley Fearn Cycles (bike accessories);
First Ascent (outdoor clothing and gear);
Robert Young Florist ( plant).
It would be nice to see you again next year so, in the meantime, enjoy your sport and take care."
Loads of MACs taking part as well as marshalling and a particular mention to Elsbeth Grant 2nd lady in 1.09.44 and first MAC and still only 16! Christine Howard was 4th lady in 1.10.12 and 2nd FV40. Chris Hallas was first MAC male home in 1.12.38 and Neil Webster 2nd MAC male in 1.13.58.
Also must mention the many MAC teams taking part including two teams from the Tuesday evening cycling members - Speedy Carrots and Snapped Carrots. There were 147 finishers
This year's Matlock Tri will be on Monday 31st August (bank holiday) from 7.00am. For all abilities, the race is over 400m in the pool, approx. 11 miles on the bike rounded off by a 3 mile run.
It is pre-entry only by post using the entry form here.
So don't be afraid to have a go if you've never done a triathlon before. They don't come much friendlier than this and we raise a lot for charity from this event.
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."
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: www.5kparkrunderbyshire.co.uk
Booths Decorators League Cross Country Final
Holmebrook Country Park - Chesterfield
Well in the end it was almost too close to call and nothing can detract from Matlock AC having enjoyed an outstanding season in this competition. We can take great pride in claiming a fantastic second position in both the men's and combined competitions along with a a superb 3rd place in the ladies contest. The men's team finish level in first but lose out by a narrow margin on accumulated scores over the 5 races - a wonderful achievement. Congratulations go to the winning Sutton and Heanor teams, we will be back next year to press you even harder now our juniors have had a taste of the action!
After pre-race concerns over the state of the course had abated a record turnout of 30 Matlock runners took to the start line in bright and sunny conditions to race over an undulating 2 lap course of approx 5.5 miles featuring the usual Holmebrook mud along with a bit of ice and snow thrown in for good measure. The front end of the race saw the Heanor men's 'A' team trying to dominate to claw back the 1 point lead we held going into the race, but Ian Philips led the resistance by finishing 3rd overall to ensure the final outcome went to count back. Another set of fine performances from ZaK Hodgkinson, Ben Cartrwright, Joe Hallas, Richard Bradbury in his annual XC race, Alan Pickering and Andy Lessiter saw us fighting to make it a hard fought contest right to the bitter end, all this in spite of a few of these rallying to the call off their sick beds.
The ladies produced another fine display, being led home on this occasion with a sparkling run by Kelly Thorneycroft, to finish 3rd on the day and maintain the same position in the overall standings in front of the threatening race hosts NDRC. Another pair of excellent performances from Christine Howard, with her 2nd race in 2 days, and Alison Pye made sure we finished with a top 3 position and cemented our 2nd place in the combined competition.
A measure of our success can be seen in the individual categories. By my reckoning we have won 5 age groups ranging from Joe Hallas in the junior male section through to Clive Russell in the MV70 section, along with wins for Anthony Marchington, Jan Forrester and Mick Moorhouse. Add to these a clutch of silver and bronze medals, and the awards evening will in May will be a celebration of great team and individual achievements.
The real success of the competition has been the numbers taking part, and only an unfortunate injury to new first claim member Kieran Allwood deprived us of a record finishing total. And a warm welcome to the Mead's on their BDL debuts - go on admit it, that was much more fun than Tigger Tor. We have come a long way from our first race at Shipley Park in 2012 when we were frantically counting heads to make sure we had enough to form the teams, so a massive thank you to everyone who has run since then and contributed to taking the club forward and becoming a leading contender for honours. A good number of those stalwarts who did a fine job at our debut race were present again yesterday, but unfortunately Simon Croft missed his first ever BDL race due to family commitments. Full MAC results as follows:
3rd - Ian Phillips 32-53 3rd SM
11th - Zak Hodgkinson 35-10 10th SM
14th - Ben Cartwright 35-30 13th SM
15th - Joe Hallas 35-43 1st JM
16th - Rich Bradbury 35-45 1st MV40
34th - Andy Lessiter 39-03 6th MV40
35th - Alan Pickering 39-10 3rd MV50
45th - Karl Webster 40-21 6th MV45
47th - Kelly Thorneycroft 40-50 3rd SL
60th - Christine Howard 42-03 1st LV40
66th - Peter Wilmot 42-31 12th MV45
71st - Mick Moorhouse 42-54 1st MV60
81st - Jim Thorneycroft 43-30 4th MV55
84th - John Hurley 43-48 5th MV55
86th - Anthony Marchington 43-58 6th MV55
95th - Martin Lea 45-08 15th MV45
103rd - Dennis Belbin 45-44 32nd SM
107th - Alison Pye 46-03 8th SL
116th - Nicola Dick 45-58 3rd LV50
122nd - Mick Kuszynski 47-44 15th MV50
127th - Steve Mead 48-17 16th MV50
128th - Neil Webster 48-20 19th MV45
134th - Clive Russell 49-03 1st MV70
135th - Sian Mead 49-14 4th LV50
148th - Becky Mead 51-36 11th SL
154th - Jan Forrester 52-19 1st LV60
160th - Paul Keetley 53-04 6th MV60
168th - Helen Brunt 55-42 12th SL
170th - Julie Goodwin 56-38 4th LV45
In a race of 192 finishers the winner was Joe Rainsford of Heanor RC in 32-19, and the ladies winner in a time of 38-03 was Michelle Willcocks of Sutton Harriers.
It has been a season of so many highs, and one of much promise for the future with the performances of our younger athletes. It has been so positive to see us gathering together as a cohesive group, and we can claim a sense of satisfaction through achieving our final finishing positions by only having one counting result coming from a second claim member in whole of the series. So a great season, great racing against a fine set of neighbouring clubs, great team mates, and an absolutely fantastic club to represent.