MAC History -1996

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.