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2015 White Peak Events



16 May 2015




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

Whitworth Thread 11th October 2014

Report from Darran Nuttall: "Bit of a foggy start for the monthly Whitworth Thread 5k on Saturday.
Not quite sure how it happened, but the cartoon character, Where’s Wally”, aka Luke Beresford, popped up and promptly ran away with it - coming first in a time of 18.23. In another first for the event, there was also a penguin - no, really – but I think it was Dennis Holmes (24.01).
Lots of first time children running today and many with the fantastic achievement of managing all 4 laps. There were 30 new runners to the Thread and hope to see you return to better your times and therefore improve your fitness – next time Churchtown School bring those teachers along! Young Sam Thompson eclipsed everyone. Having completed the regulation 4 laps simply shrugged his shoulders and did another 2 for the sheer fun of it. That made up for mum and dad, who snuck in at the bottom entrance and joined in half way through – naughty.
Dennis Belbin, Spencer Whittle and Dennis Holmes have qualified for their 50k club certificates. Dennis was first up with his nominated charity – the Chernobyl Children’s lifeline. Thread HQ now needs the remaining 50k clubbers nominations for a chosen charity which will be displayed on the website in the order of contact (Liz Cameron – your nomination is still outstanding from last month too).
17 MACS took part aiming for points in the Senior Grand Prix. Don’t forget to email   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that your points can be logged.

Thanks to the marshals and of the runners and your increasing health benefits and generosity - £70.54 will be going to the Michael Clifford Memorial Fund."

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!!


Whitworth Thread 13th September 2014

The Whitworth Thread 5k park run took place on Saturday 13th September in slightly cooler conditions than of late and before the September sun peeked through to make the going that little bit harder.

Despite the summer break, there were some fit-looking athletes out there – obviously the thought of an autumnal Thread has spurred you all on to keep fitness levels up.

Liz Cameron and Joanne Nuttall were awarded their 50k club certificates before the start and Thread HQ now awaits their nominations for a chosen charity which will be displayed on the website shortly   - where you will also find a full report, results and photos.

Well done to first timer Peter Shuttleworth who delivered a cracking course time of 17: 23 to take pole position and first lady was Tasmin Boam in 21.54 with MACs Nicky Dick only 5 seconds behind.   First home for MAC was Jacob Cousins in 20.17.  There were 19 new runners and, hopefully, these will return to improve their times and fitness. Young Emily Holland and Rowan Haddon-Brown did exceptionally well to complete their first event by running 3 laps.   Lynette Holland, fresh from her success at completing the Great North Run, blitzed her PB by two and half minutes.

 This month £64 was donated to the Whitworth Trust charity.