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.
Here are some events for November/December. Let me know if there are any others to add in.
31st October English National XC Relays, Mansfield
Grin and Bear It Fell Race (25.6k/591m)
1st Dovedale Dash
Darley Moor Duathlon 3
Red Bull Robin Hood, Sherwood Pines
7th No Walk in the Park 5k, Queens Pk, Chesterfield
Langley 7 mile road race
8th BDL, Chaddesden Park, Derby
Leg It Round Lathkill Fell Race (11.5k/290m)
Roaches Fell Race (24.1k/1128m)
Peak District Trail Running Series Round 4, Gt Longstone
11th Derby Winter Midweek Training Races. www.runningwithdavid.com
14th Whitworth Thread. Junior GP
N Midlands XC League, Glebe Pk, Corby
15th Leeds Abbey Dash 10k
Donington Half Marathon
Duathlon Rockingham Race Circuit, Corby
22nd Clowne Half Marathon. Senior GP
Matthew Walker 10k, Heanor
28th Nottingham Off road Duathlon
29th RAB Mini MM Round 4, Peak District venue tbc
Famous Grouse Fell race (5m/1250'), Hayfield
5th N. Mids XC League, Shipley Pk, Heanor
No Walk in the Park 5k, Queens Pk, Chesterfield
Gt Langdale Xmas Pudding 10k road race
6th BDL, Bakewell Showground (MAC race, so help required please)
Gravy Pud Fell Race (8k/305m) Tintwistle
Stockport 10 road race
Sat 12th Whitworth Thread 5k
Sun 13th Bolsover 10k. Senior GP
Keyworth Scouts Turkey Trot
Litton Xmas Cracker Fell Race (12.2k/360m), Tideswell
Rainbows Childrens' Hospice Santas on the Run, Elvaston
Weds 16th Derby Winter Races, Alvaston & Boulton CC. www.runningwithdavid.com
Thurs 17th MAC Xmas Fancy Dress Run. 6.30pm. From the ARC
Sat 19th Newark Showground Xmas Challenge
Sun 20th Xmas Cracker. 8 miles. Multi-terrain. www.staffsmoorlands-ac.co.uk
Go Tri Altrincham Xmas Duathlon
Get Active 5k Santa Dash, Derby
Thurs 24th MAC Round Carsington Water Run, Walk, Cycle. 12 noon Sheepwash carpark
Sat 26th MAC Beetroot Run. 10.30a.m. High Peak Junction car park. Junior GP
Sun 27th Queens Head 5k road race. www.runningwithdavid.com
Adlington Winter Warmer, Macclesfield
Thurs 31st Bowstones Fell Race (11k/325m) Poynton, Cheshire
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