The third decade would see stability in the club's administration, allowing decisions on the future to be taken affecting both our finances and the programme of training, racing and the organisation of
nationally recognised events. My apologies in advance for the omissions and errors which will
inevitably occur in the following record.
The annual dinner was held at Wirksworth, having been preceded by the cross country
championships on a new tough venue at Brickyard Farm which was to last for the next ten years.
In the absence of recorded results it is a fair bet that it was won by Karl Webster.
John Heald organised a 20th Anniversary Run in July incorporating 7 two-man stages totalling 56 miles around many of our favourite away runs in this part of Derbyshire, followed by a social event at the Red Lion. John was disappointed that no other clubs took up the challenge to compete with us.
Former Chairman, Roy Mason, finally left us to live in France, renovating a house and gradually
abandoning running for his other interest, red wine.
We welcomed a new member, Simon Brister, a very fast young vet.
Although out of running action Ian Milne's skills as Treasurer kept us in the black despite our losing
a main sponsor for the White Peak Marathon. This was a fast race, won by C Barker of Sydney
Striders in 2.39.02, with Sally Pitts of Witney setting a new women's record of 3.07.33.
Important innovations coming from the AGM were an annual Grand Prix, an aggregate of points
based on the most poular races. An invitation to join the Cromford Meadows Sports Club as our new
HQ was deemed to be unviable financially. The Junior section was flourishing underthe coaching of
Randell Tassell as was the Women's section who had a structured programme on Monday nights.
Helen Finlayson also made the English Orienteering team in her class.
We won the Flagg Moor team challenge against Buxton for the sixth time, with Tony Barrable 2nd
and Karl Webster 3rd.
In the Derby Half Dave Hill did a PB of 1.32.48 and Gordon Campbell won one of his
last vet 60 races at Riber. In the County Cross country Champs I won the vet 60 gold, and the
Chesterfield Half in 1.30. In the Beetroot Race Mick Moorhouse climbed as if gravity didn't exist, scoring a rare win over Karl Webster with Rolls Royce Malcolm Marchant in 3rd place.
At the AGM Chairman Andy Whittaker reported on another good year with a good number of juniors
training on Monday nights. We saw the comeback of Rob Atkin and Gerry White to active
membership and also welcomed a new signing, James Arnold.
A prestigious new addition to the womans section was Norma Kuszynski, the Mexican marathon champion in 1983 when she recorded 2 hours 43 minutes. World class in those days for women.
The new Grand Prix was going well as was the 10k handicap with Milltown Milers occasionally
sending guest runners.
Financially, Ian ilne continued to keep us in the black, mainly through increased entry fees in the
White Peak, although he was still on the touchline himself after major heart surgery.
Steve Mead and Tony Barrable also had to fight health problems, but the most bizarre one was
experienced by Gordon Cresswell who suffered a ruptured eardrum which was pierced by a twig on
a wooded section of the Black Rocks.
A suggestion was accepted for a structured programme of runs on Thursday nights, as was
the proposal of an inter-club challenge based on one of the LARA winter 5k races at the old baseball ground in Derby.
County cross-country vests were awarded in the various age categories
Tracey Erskine (FV)
Polly Veazey-French (U-13G), John Selby-Sly, Chris Young, Simon Flitter and Dan Yates .
County medals went to Gordon Cresswell(V40 Silver), Dan Yates (Silver) and Brian Howitt(Vet 60 Gold).
On the fells Dan Yates gained an England vest in his category - another tribute to
Randell Tassell, their coach.
Also running well on the fells was young Ricky Wood who would before long give priority to his
other forte: Kick Boxing.
But his name would eventually be immortalised in the FR Calendar in "Ricky's Race"
In the summer of '97 he organised a 3 mile run in Dimple Fields with the proceeds going to
the RSPCA. Although only 12 turned out he collected an amazing £400 from sponsors. At the time
of writing it has metamorphosed into one of MAC's top fell races.
Mountain marathons like the Lowe Alpine and the Saunders were supported by John Heald, Dave
Furness, Barry Mosley, Neil Forrest, Helen Finlaysson, George Cummings as well as family teams like the Armisteads, Macdonalds and Meads.
Steve always denied that their main advantage was in only carrying one sleeping bag!
Star individuals included Karl Webster (Black Rocks 2nd, Tigger Tor 2nd),
Dan Yates(Grindleford and Bamford 3rd,Beetroot 1st, Ricky's 1st) and
Esmond Tressider(Black Rocks and Bamford 3rd)
Club membership was at a record level of 68 with many new juniors joining. Financially we showed
a small deficit, but Ian Milne, now back in action at the AGM was confident that a new family
membership fee of £20 and a higher entry fee for the WPM would set us right.
Summer away training runs were well established.
After indulging his creative writing skills over some years Paul Keetley stood down as Newsletter editor, to be replaced by Steve Mead who looked likely to continue the surrealist house style.
Simon Brister volunteered his legal skills to check out the validity of our insurance cover.
Grand Prix ; Karl Webster 1st. H'cap Dave Furness. Tracey Erskine 1st L and H'cap.
The annual dinner was once again held at the Red Lion, preceded by the Cross country Champs at
Brickyard Farm.(Dan Yates 1st, James Arnold 2nd, Karl Webster 3rd, Tracey Erskine Ist F)
In the inaugural LARA 5k Challenge we won the mixed team trophy that we had donated,
(Dan Yates 1st in 15.32), with N.Derbys 2nd and Ripley 3rd.
Women's team 3rd in the Robin Hood Half and Simon Flitter 2nd in associated fun run from a field of 2000).
We took over the organisation of the Winster Hill race which had become very popular.
Ricky's Race moved to a new 3,5 mile course from the 3 Stags at Darley Bridge
(Simon Brister 1st, Roy Marlow of DPFR 2nd, Jackson-Horner of Milltown 3rd.
Temporary member Tom Hanssen of Belgium was 6th.
County Cross country at Darley Park :
3rd Vets team, Brian Howitt 1st vet 60, Tracey Erskine 1st FV.
WPM : John Hurley 5th(2.56.45) Kinder Downfall : 1st team(but no prize!)
Hathersage: Dan Yates 3rd
Tigers 10 : Karl Webster 2nd(59.47), also won the entire series on aggregate, with Steve Mead the only
other MAC to complete the series finishing in a very good 45th position.
Tracey Erskine : 1st Chesterfield Half and County 3000m track 1st FV.
Maniac 800m: Simon Flitter 1.44 Ditto Mile: Dan Yates 3.42(NB both downhill at Meltham).
Beetroot: 1st Esmond Tressider 25.56 (course record and still unbeaten in 2006),
2nd Dan Yates, 3rd Alex Metaxas
English Fell Running Champs : Top placings from Dan Yates, Polly Veazey-French, Alex Metaxas and Esmond Tressider (2 or 3 ran abroad but details not recorded).
John Heald ran in the London Marathon.
The club was in a healthy position financially. Membership stood at 55 with 6 family memberships.
The adequacy of our insurance had been confirmed and safety factors for Monday nights tightened
up. After a much valued stint in office Andy resigned as Chairman and was replaced by one of our
recent additions, Eddie Bland. We were now registered in the North of England AA scheme.
Another of our new members, Steve Holt, survived his opening run, the fearsome Wakebridge
circuit in deep mud, and stayed with us. Mick Kuszynski finally gave in to pressure to join us from
his wife Stormin' Norma and clocked a debut 3.10.34 in the White Peak. We had our first home
victory in this race with James Arnold crossing the line in 2.37.05.
Tracey Erskine broke the existing women's
record with 3.06.34 but still finished only second.
Club Cross country Champs : a good mixed turnout. Section winners : Karl Webster, Polly Veazey-French,
John Sely-Sly,Robert Ingham,George Whittaker.
County Cross Country; Andy Whittaker 2nd vet 40 and with John Hurley and Reg Amor took 2nd vets team
medals. Tracey Erskine 2nd Vet F. Dan Yates 2nd U-20 and with John Sely-Sly and Alex Metexas selected for Derbyshire.
County Track winners: Dan Yates 1500m, 3000m, 2000m 'chase. Simon Flitter. 800m and 1500m.
Rob Ingham Long jump. Emma Amor youngest MAC runner to get county vest. Tracey Erskine 3000m.
John Selby-Sly was 3rd in the English FR Champs in his category.
Saunders Mountain Marathon was completed by John Heald, Ann Armistead, Viv Macdonald, Eddie
Bland and Linda and Paul Keetley. Paul subsequently underwent a hip replacement, made a rapid
recovery, and, undeterred, has managed a mountain marathon every year since.
Tough Guy: Karl Webster 2nd.
Belfast Marathon : Karl Webster 6th overall and National Police Champion(2.44)
Once again Karl Webster won the Totley Series.
James Arnold: 2nd in Wirksworth Incline and Spire 10 (54.36)
In the Beetroot Race we were gatecrashed by Steve Penney who won from Esmond Tressider, but outside the
latter's record. A promising return as a vet put Dave Erskine in 3rd place.
The 180 dub was founded : the 3 members whose combined ages totalled at least 180 years. This enabled
Ian Mlne, Gerry White and Brian Howitt to opt out of the Thursday schedules and train together
By the end of the year we were relieved to see Mick Moorhouse making a good recovery from a serious illness.
The millennium year was celebrated by myself and Chris Rowe (5th) in the Hangover 5 on the 1st.
In the course of the year Eddie Bland had to resign as Chairman when he moved to a new job which had the
added bonus of being near to the Lakeland fells. His final gesture was to lay on a splendid spread of
food and drinks for us at the Bonsall cottage at the halfway point of our Thursday run. We ran back
to Sherwood with some difficulty. Fortunately we had another Scouser to replace Eddie Bland in
Jimmy Ricketts, complete with a masters degree in sports science.
Steve Mead volunteered to take overtemporarily in the Chair and he saw us through successfully to the
November AGM when Dave Hill was persuaded to become the new Chairman, a post which he has
filled enthusiastically ever since.
Steve also stepped down as Newsletter editor and Richard Bradbury and Jimmy Ricketts agreed to take over.
Membership remained at an all time high and in spite of a loss on the White Peak, income from subs
together with £330 in entry fees for the increasingly popular Black Rocks race enabled Ian Milne to hold
the annual fee at £10.
We noted with interest the proposed development of the Cavendish Fields sports ground but doubted
if this was the right future venue for us .We would follow with interest the District Council's plans to replace Sherwood Hall with a new sports centre, the incorporation of a running track being
a priority for us.
One of the most significant signings for the future was that of Christine Howard who had already
established a reputation in Police running alongside her partner Karl Webster. We had to say goodbye to
Reg Amor who could no longer run owing to a mystery illness but who, with his family, continued to
support us. John Ostrowskis, known as "Oz", had joined us after opening a pysiotherapy clinic in
Matlock and he agreed to be our club physio, offering a 10% discount to all members.
Local hairdresser Sue Morley joined us and recorded some good times on her favourite distance, 10k,
before moving on to work in Derby.
Simon Brister completed an epic walk from Land's End to John o' Groats in 2 months, raising about
£2000 for Save the Children.
Club Champs ; Karl Webster/James Arnold/Alex Metaxas. Chris Howard 1st F.
Chris Young, George Whittaker Emma Amor all won their categories.
Grand Prix : Karl Webster and Tracey Erskine were 1 st M and F.
Mr and Mrs Kuszynski won a handicap each.
The Meads plus Paul Keetley and John Heald completed the Karrimor.
We finally won the Patagonia High Peak Relay with the B team 14th out of 35.
John Selby-Sly qualified as a coach and became North Mids. u-20 Cross country champion, also taking the
Derbys. 2000m gold medal on the track. Dan Yates was 3rd in the national 3000m 'chase u-20.
Although winning the Chesterfield Half in 1.27.58 (with Norma Kusinsky 1st vet F in1.44.11), 1st vet F at
Taddington and Black Rocks, Tracey Erskine's reign as Bionic Woman was about to be superseded by Chris Howard who declared her intent by winning the Black Rocks and the Coalite 10k.
An innovation in Ricky's Race was the securing of sponsorship from local councillor and
greengrocer Nigel Allwood who would henceforth present healthy prizes in the form of fruit and
vegetable boxes. Dan Yates and Polly Veazey-French took the honours.
There were good individual performances during the year :
Richard Bradbury - Sheffield Half (1.19.01), Buxton Half (7th in 1.20.02), Tigers 10 (7th in 1.15.51)
Mick Kusinsky. - Sheffield (1.21.49).
Winster - John Selby-Sly 2nd, Simon Flitter 4th.
James Arnold won the Buxton in 1.15.52 and was 3rd in the Wirksworth Incline.
Chris Rowe won the LARA Triple Sporting Challenge.
Foot and Mouth year - significant because we had to cancel the club cross country, the WPM in May
and again in September when a second attempt failed to produce the entries. This was the main
reason for a loss of £429 in our finances, resulting in the need to increase subs by £1, £2 and £2
(Junior, Senior and Family respectively).
There were never the less many very good performances both individually and collectively from
members in all age groups.
9 County cross country vests were awarded :
Chris Howard,Tracey Erskine, Polly Veazey-French, Shena Bridges
James Arnold,Karl Webster, Alex Metaxas ,Dan Yates, John Selby-Sly.
John Selby-Sly was also county u-20 champ and North Mids u-20 champ(club's first regional champion).
Dave Erskine staged a comeback with a silver in the vet 40 class.
There were brilliant Junior results at the County track meeting ;
Sam Thorne - gold (1500m), bronze (800m). John Selby-Sly silver ( Steeple chase)
Josh Teece - bronze (1500m) Dan Yates - silver (800m and 1500m)
Robert Ingham - bronze (400 m) Chido lhaenacho - silver (70m hurdles) and bronze (200m)
Polly Veazey-French - bronze (1500m) Rachel Gomery - bronze (70m Hurdles)
Andrew Lloyd ( county Junior vest)
Tracey Erskine was still runing well with a 1st F in the Hangover 5, 1st VF at Bolsover, 5th in Stafford 20
with PB of 2.21. Represented Derbys in the Inter counties cross country.
Christine Howard won the Bolsover, Tigger Tor, Stokesley Duathlon, Police AA cross country,Tough Guy,
Beetroot Race and Kinder Downfall (to name but a few) and ran for Derbys in the Inter-counties
Cross country. At the same event James Arnold and John Selby-Sly saw their selection wasted by being given the
wrong start time by Derbys AAA !
James Arnold did 2.34 in the London and Karl Webster was 2nd in the Downfall.
Brian Howitt was county vet 60 champ in the Clowne Half.
Ricky's Race : Dan Yates and Polly Veazey-French were 1 st M and F.
Profits were donated to Cavendish Sports Assoc.
Beetroot Race : Karl Webster 1st (towed By dog Harry).
John Hurley continued to win vet prizes, Richard Bradbury had some high placings and recent signings
Steve Holt, John Young and Jim Thorneycroft (the latter finally abandoning his Tour de France ambitions)
all proved keen competitors. Mick Kuskinsky won the final Club 10K in 36.19 after altitude training in
Karl Webster achieved television fame in the SAS-type survival programme in the Brecon Beacons, only
missing ultimate glory through his reluctance to kill people in the final shootout.