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Whitworth Thread 8th November 2014

Report from Darran Nuttall on Whitworth Thread, 8th Novembe:

"Well, promising start today, which tailed off when the rain came. A number of runners commented how this actually helped cool them down, but scant comfort for Thread HQ and our shivers – still the big brolly at our results table helped.

Can it have been a year since our run coincided with the gaggle of vicars (over 90) meeting at the Whitworth Centre. We kept a wary eye on our charity bottle after last time…….. 

Well done Billy Cartwright, emerging from the impressive shadow of big brother Ben, to record his first Thread victory in 17:23 – only 20 seconds or so short of the course record. And a jolly well done to old man Simon Croft – 52 turned and looking every day of it, who cantered into second.  Young Elspeth Grant (12) continues to excel and achieved top spot for the ladies.

Few first timers chalked up a lap or two – nothing wrong with this – hats off for turning up where others are still languishing in bed. There’s your marker to exceed for the next run and before you know it, the Thread has given you a springboard to 10ks, half marathons and the like – as quite a few of our virgin runners last year can testify to.  Great to see newbies, Guy and Stephanie Lewis, obviously slowing to help and make sure mum and dad crossed the line.

Now – lets take a look at personal best times. Pretty disappointing you lot, we have to say. Needing 33 PBs to guarantee Xmas buns and teas you came up short with only 13 (totalling 30 over 2 months). These included Catherine Pierce, showing off as mum had turned up to watch – Thread HQ will think about rolling the challenge to reach 50 over to January’s run.

We had another “official” photographer on the course,today, so do check our Face-book page out later – thanks to Mark’s enthusiasm.

Having picked up his 50k club certificate, Spencer Whittle’s nominated charity is the British Heart foundation, for which he’ll pick up the proceeds from March’s run.

Thanks once again to the rest of our marshals including Brenda, miraculously without a drink in her hand! - £92.40 will be going to the Chernobyl Children's lifeline and our running total has exceeded £1000 - a magnificent effort since the Thread’s inception in August 2013."  Full results and photos:

BDL Race at Bakewell Showground

It's our round of the BDL XC League at Bakewell Showgorund on Sunday 30th November, which follows race No.2 at Chaddesden Park on 9th November. We need to recruit a good number of voluteers for marshalling duties, please see the thread on the forum.

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BDL at Shipley Park

A huge, huge thank you to everyone who either ran or supported the team earlier today in what turned out to be a superb morning for the club. In ideal conditions we had a record 28 runners proudly wearing the light blue of Matlock, of which 9 were BDL debutants. Add to this at least 7 performance records, which includes the mens team storming to our first ever team victory, the ladies team brilliantly securing 2nd place and together claiming the combined team prize. Report and MAC individual results on the forum

Cross Country Information 2014/15

The Cross Country season 2014/2015 is almost upon us with the start of the North Midlands League and Booth Decorators League. MAC have paid a membership fee to be involved in these leagues so we are looking for member support in these races. They are good fun too and good training for strength and speed. (First race in N. Mids on Saturday 11th and in BDL on 12th October). The N. Midlands Leagu...e also provides racing opportunities for junior members who cannot race in the BDL until aged 14. In the N. Mids League races there are different start times for different age categories, whereas in the BDL all start together. A list of the league dates is posted at the end.
For more details: N. Mids League

MAC have done particularly well in the BDL for the last two years and are hoping to repeat this. Team Captain, Jim Thorneycroft will be posting more details (such as directions, lift-share arrangements etc) re the first BDL race to be held on Sunday 12th October soon, but in the meantime here is a guide to help those new to Cross Country.

Although there are team prizes, these events are open to individuals of all abilities and there is no team selection, so if you are new to cross country and fancy a ‘go’, that is fine. Just register your interest with Jim or Nicky.

To be able to run you will need to be a fully paid up member of Matlock AC. If you need info on how to do this and how to obtain a Matlock AC running top (which you will need to be allowed to run) ask Jim or Nicky.

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

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. As winter approaches, those who feel the cold may need to wear a long sleeved Tshirt under Matlock top, 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 could be very, very, very muddy, but that is all part of the fun!! Bring plastic bags for post-race gear!

Often there is a pavilion where there are toilets, changing rooms and showers; where sports bags and kit can be left, however these areas will be unattended, but for the BDL it could be a recreation field area with no facilities but portaloos. We have a green Club pop-up tent, which is useful for meeting up, storing bags, getting changed etc. Ensure you bring a total change of warm clothes and trainers or even wellies may be the order of the day before and after race!

There is not always a café for refreshments, so you can bring your own flask for a warm drink afterwards.

At the end of the race you will be given a token at the finish which you should then give to the Matlock AC Team Captain, as this is your finishing position.

Thanks in anticipation to all new members who are going to run – we appreciate the team spirit and hope that you enjoy it!! Any supporters welcome!!
Here are the dates for your diary:

N. Mids League
11 Oct Markeaton Park, Derby
8 Nov Wicksteed Park, Kettering
6 Dec Shipley Park, Heanor
10 Jan15 Wollaton Pk, Notts
12 Oct Shipley Pk, Heanor
9 Nov Chaddesden Pk, Derby
30 Nov Bakewell Showground (MAC race)
11 Jan 15 Trent Meadows, Long Eaton
8 Feb Holmebrook Valley Pk, Chesterfield

NOTE: The 30th November date for the BDL at Bakewell Showground is MACs race, so we will need a particularly good turnout as we require several volunteers to marshal please!!