MAC History 2022


Covid still rules but Dave Denton’s New Year’s Day Hangover Race from the Bull’s Head, Belper Lane End went ahead and 6 MACS took it on.

The Derbyshire XC Champs at Mansfield saw some great results. U11 Girls’ Hattie Lyn Gold, U17 Girls’ Amelia Corke Silver. Senior Women Hayley Gill 5th overall and 1st LV45, Lottie Riddle 3rd W35, Kate Ruffell 2nd LV55 and Nicky Dick 3rd LV55, Jan Forrester 1st LV65, MAC Lady Team Gold. Boys U13 team gold and 2nd, 3rd and 4th for Logan Fairey, Jacob Jones and William Croft.  Senior Men Dan Haworth Gold, Billy Cartwright Silver and MAC Team Gold in Senior Men and Silver in Vet Men.  Many runners received invitations to represent Derbyshire in the Inter-Counties Champs in Loughborough in March.

Trigger FR (9.6 miles/1,800ft) Toby Gill 9th, Kieran Allanson 10th.  18 MACs took part.

There were 2 BDLs in January and with one to go in February the standings so far are – MAC Men 2nd, MAC Ladies’ 1st and Combined MAC 1st with several individual placings including wins.

The monthly MAC Winter 10k Handicap took place with age grading winner Jude Goodall and Rich Bradbury.

Several took on the Northern XC Champs, Pontefract on a very breezy day in the wake of Storm Malik.  Amelia Corke in U17, Megan Elliott, Amy Jones, Sally Hale, Alaina Bond and Jan Forrester for the ladies.  In the Men’s race Dan Haworth was 3rd, Billy Cartwright 16th and Harry Holmes 19th.  Also Greg Hopkinson, Colin Davenport, Paddy Wright, Bertie West and Dennis Holmes.

The Senior GP continues with the Avenue Run 5k.


Louise Rowley, Publicity introduced a monthly newsletter which is very informative and popular with members.

Dan Haworth bagged the 2nd fastest park run in the country on 5th February in the Monsal Trail Parkrun in 14.56.

Mick Moorhouse took on the Masters Inter-Area XC Challenge at Wallsend 1st MV70. He also ran in the Mid-Lancs and NMAC xc Champs, Leigh also taking 1st in MV70 category.

It was the last BDL race in the Winter XC series at Holmebrook Valley Country Pk, Chesterfield with Greg Hopkinson winning overall.  Ladies 1st team, Men 2nd team and Combined 1st team.  Series winners M50 Richard Bradbury, FJ Amelia Corke and Jan Forrester 1st FV65.  The fixtures for the Summer League were announced with MAC taking on the Cromford race with marshals needed.

National XC Champs, Parliament Hill, London saw several members take part with Dan Haworth having a good run mixing it with the Olympians including Mohammed Mahammed eventually settling for 7th place!  MACs – Amelia Corke, Lottie Riddle, Harry Holmes, Jose Rivas Gutierrez, Max Wainwright, Paddy Wright.


Les Thurston and new 1st claim member, Luke Beresford took on his annual challenge of the Grizzly in Seaton.  20 miles with over 3,000 ft of climb.

The MAC annual XC was held again on a Thursday evening at Stancliffe Hall.  This was also the first race in the Club Senior and Junior GP series for 2022.

The MAC Annual dinner and presentation award ceremony was held at Designate, Matlock.  It was decided to introduce some extra categories – Volunteer of the Year – Andy Mellor;  Performance of the Year – Billy Cartwright and MAC person of the year who has fully embodied the club spirit – John Thorpe.

Clive Russell marked his 80th birthday with a run for MAC members starting in Hulme End.

Higham HR was popular as it was good to be able to enter a race on the night as so many are still pre-entry because of Covid.

The last monthly race in the 10k age graded handicap took place with Mick Moorhouse taking the win by 1 point from Jose Rivas Gutierrez.  Jude Goodall won for the ladies.

The UK Inter Counties XC took place with 46 counties, regions and districts of the UK.  In U13 boys Logan Fairey and Jacob Jones took part. U15 boys Charlie Ross, U17 Women Amelia Corke, Senior Women Hayley Gill and Lottie Riddle and for the Senior Men Dan Haworth was 3rd and re-joined member, Mike Blair 140th.

At Edale Skyline new member from Ambleside, George Foster, was 1st MAC, 2nd Joe Oldfield and 3rd home for MAC was Tim Perry in 8th meaning the MACs beat Dark Peak claiming 1st place.

Dan Haworth continued his amazing form to break the 13 year old course record at Ras Yr Aran in Wales – 11 miles and 3,100 ft on a hot dry day.  Time – 1 hour 23.03.  Bob Foreman came 46th in 2 hours 04.58.


April 2022

Marathon time is here again and several MACs took on Manchester.  Mike Blair, Colin Davenport, Dennis Belbin, Carly Spear, Dennis Holmes, Louise Rowley, Jack Cummins, Megan Elliot, Dan Ashcroft, Simon Flitter, Paddy Wright, Andy Mellor, Ian Watson, Greg Hopkinson, Kathryn Berrisford, Lisa Tink, Atessa Kowlanowski,  Pete Bush, Darren Spilbey, Tom Woodhouse, Neil Corker, Jon Tyson, Rachel Ayre, Jo Lloyd, Becky Bryan, Laurie Croft all took part.  Dan Fletcher DNF.

Jose Rivas Gutierrez got a 5k PB at the Boston, Lincs Marathon in 16.27. 70th from 8,000.

At Berlin Half Marathon Miriam Beastall had a good run to finish in l.40.11.

The first Derby Runner BDL race was at Teversal 4.66 miles with some good results for MAC.

Billy Cartwright graced the Fell Runner Magazine pages again with an article about him and new Ambleside youngster Charlie Allmond.

The Track sessions at Tupton on a Monday evening continue to be popular.

The fell races including Kinder Downfall, Tiger Trail and Chicken Run 13.5k saw several MACs take part in readiness for the English FR Champs starting this month.  Wirksworth Incline was popular with Hayley Gill 2nd L, Amelia Corke 3rd L, Toby Gill 4th M, Robbie Davenport ran the 3k race and was 1st 12 year old.

The first English FR champ race was Guisborough 3 Tops (9.8miles/2,500ft) Joe Oldfield was 35th, Toby Gill, Kieran Allanson, Rich Bradbury, Greg Hopkinson, John Thorpe, Amy Jones, Matt Govan, Megan Elliot and Jan Forrester 1st LV70.

Billy Cartwright was 2nd in Yorks three Peaks gaining automatic selection for GB long distance Mountain Running Team in Palma in July

It was the first away run of the Spring season from Calton Lees car park taking on the usual 5 or 8 mile loop of Chatsworth and finishing at the Grouse, Darley Dale.

Runner-v-Steam went ahead on Easter Monday.  £1,700 was raised for charity.

Karl Webster organised a navigation course for a Thursday evening.

Membership subs were due end of April and the club has enjoyed welcoming lots of new members.


Shelley Fairey ran an amazing 5 marathon distances in 5 days raising money for CALM.

MAC hosted the Derby Runner BDL at Cromford and it was a great success.  Afterwards in the Rugby Club the presentation of trophies for the 2020-2021 season took place with the ladies taking 1st place in the team event.  Great that with all the marshals needed MAC still fielded 25 runners in the race.

Holymoorside 10k saw MACs Christine Howard’s women’s record go to Caroline Brock of Steel City Striders with Hayley Gill too beating the record and coming 2nd and 1st LV40.  Dave Archer MAC 2nd claim was 1st.  Jan Forrester was LV70 1st.

Chesterfield’s Queens Park hosted the Derbyshire 5k Champs with Mike Blair having a particularly good run.

The White Peak Running Festival finally took place after an absence of 3 years due to Covid.  For the first time the Down in a Shot 10k ran from top of Hopton Incline back to Cromford Canal.  The festival was a great success with lots of favourable comments from runners.

Logan Fairey topped the podium at the 800m race to become Derbyshire County Champion.  Lottie Riddle took Gold to become Derbyshire Masters 3k Champ.

The 2nd race in the English FR Champs was a medium race at Lower Borrowdale, and Dan Haworth was 2nd and Billy Cartwright 4th.  Joe Oldfield, Toby Gill, Greg Hopkinson, Rich Bradbury, John Thorpe, Amy Jones, Luke Beresford, Matt Govan, Geoff Cooper, Megan Elliott and Les Thurston took part.

Dan Haworth and Billy Cartwright have been selected for the British Mountain and Trail Runners European off road running champs in La Palma on 1-3 July.


Races that have not taken place over 3 years come thick and fast – Cromford Killer and Canter, Bamford Sheepdog Trials, Chinley FR, Tunnels and Trails race, Burbage Skyline, Wincle Trout, Grindleford FR, Passing Clouds FR (also a Senior GP race), Tideswell Inter Inns (Junior GP),  Ramathon Derby, Riber Run, Tideswell 5k, Ripley 10k, Snowdon Twilight Race, Kinder Trog, Round Sheffield Run, Bakewell Pudding Race, Hope FR all were well represented with MACs.

MAC had a poor ladies’ turnout at the BDL Denby with only 3 so gaining penalty points! But with so many races now taking place it does spread people more thinly.

Hairy Helmet Relays at Darley Abbey had 11 teams and 2 SoleMate teams.   3 Teams took top spot.

Clive Russell has organised some Thursday evening runs over Hartington way with a pub visit post-run.

The monthly track sessions continue to prove popular at Tupton School.

MAC are well represented in the English FR Champs and the race at Buckden Pike was also a British Champs race and MAC even had a women’s team.  Dan Haworth beaten into 2nd place by Scotland’s Finlay Wild.


July 2022

Winster Hill Race was back after 3 years on a very wet evening but plenty of MACs had a run.  Greg Hopkinson 1st and Joe Oldfield 2nd and 2 and 3 for Louise Rowley and Sally Hale in the Ladies’ race.  Great Hucklow FR saw Matt Nichols 4th, Gemma Southern 2nd Lady and Jan Forrester 1st LV70.  Mark Elwiss also ran.  Dennis Belbin and Neil Corker had good runs at Ashbourne Half Marathon.  Jack Cummins took on Skiddaw FR in the Lakes.  The Jones family and half the Fairey Family took part in the new Smalley 5 Bells Race and 1 mile fun run.  Mick Moorhouse and Les Thurston both MV70 category continue to take on practically every race in the fell running calendar including Langley Fete (5k/198m), Peak Forest FR, Riber Run.

The 4th race in the Derby Runner BDL took place at Carsington which was in the Club Senior GP with Dan Haworth romping home in 1st place.  Hayley Gill 2nd Lady.

MAC’s own Black Rocks FR proved popular

Derwent River Relays was back with 5 MAC teams winning Senior Female and Mixed V50 categories.

Billy Cartwright and Dan Haworth represented Great Britain in the European Off Road Running Champs in La Palma coming home in the top 40.  Dan Haworth was in the England team announced for Snowdon International Mountain Race but unfortunately couldn’t take part due to Covid.  Les Thurston and Geoff cooper took it on however with Les coming home 1st MV70.

There was another track session at Tupton Hall School which proved very popular with the seniors and juniors.

Due to unprecedented high temperatures mid July, training was cancelled.

Hardwick 10k was in the Senior GP with Dan Haworth (2nd), Dave Archer  (3rd)and Toby Gill (9th) and taking the Men’s Team win and Hayley Gill (1st L), Lottie Riddle and Carly Spear the Lady’s win.

Billy Cartwright was 1st in the next race in the English FR champs – The Old Crown Round. (22.5miles/7,200ft).  Geoff Cooper, Richard Bradbury, Amy Jones and Sally Hale also took part.



Bonsall Carnival Hill Race took place with loads of MAC juniors taking part and from a different venue and a change of course.  The Parwich Panoramic Five took place with 80 year old Clive Russell taking part.

The Senior GP continues with Sally Owen leading after 8 races and for the men Darren Spibey.

John Thorpe took on the Lakeland 50 finishng 56th from 1,600 starters.

Tanis’ Relay was on the BH Sunday with numbers down but 11 MAC teams took part with Logan Fairey the fastest runner with teammate Will Croft.  Unfortunately Alport Heights Relay was cancelled as David Denton did not think he had enough numbers, but MAC were about to enter 30 people?

Dovedale Dipper took place with Greg Hopkinson winning the 26 miler in 3.45.00 and Luke Beresford and Dan Ashcroft were 4th and 6th respectively in the 15 miler.

The last race in the Derby Runner Summer League of races at Shipley Pk took place.  13 MACs took part.

Bradwell FR took place, which is in the English Fell Running Champs 2022, in unbelievably hot conditions.  The organisers cut the race short so that it could start in shade under some trees before the first ascent.  Dan Haworth was 3rd, Harry Holmes, Greg Hopkinson, Billy Cartwright (well under part in 39th), Joe Rivas Gutierrez, Rich Bradbury, Tom Woolley, John Thorpe, Jack Cummins, Mick Moorhouse 1st MV70, Peter Wilmot and Les Thurston and for the ladies Amy Jones, Megan Elliot and Jan Forrester 2nd LV70.

Ricky’s Race was a great success.  Martin Harvey won and 1st Lady was Gillian Allen. 158 runners.

Les Thurston completed 72 races in his 72nd year.  Well done Les

There was another track session at Tupton School Track, Chesterfield, which proved popular.

Matt Nichols completed the Bob Graham Round in 21 hours and 57 minutes.   Several MACs took on the Belper Rover (30k) with Mike Blair 2nd and Tim Perry 2nd.  1st MAC lady was Sally Hale 3rd Lady.

Billy Cartwright was selected for the 40k World Trail Running Champs in Thailand and George Foster for the 80k.

Karl Webster’s Matlock Tri took place from Arc Leisure and was a great success.


Lots of fell races this month, MAC had representation in Eyam FR, Ben Nevis Mountain Race, Longstone Chase FR, Groovy Kinder Love FR, Nine Edges Endurance Race, Lake District Mountain Trial, Stanage Struggle FR,

As well as some road races –  Wilne 10k which is also the Derbyshire 10k champs and the Great North Run which saw Luke Beresford, Caroline Robertson and Hayley Gill take part.  Robin Hood Half Marathon.   Andy Mellor took on the Humber Bridge Half There was also the Rutland Water Marathon and Half.

Greg Hopkinson took on the Millstone 100 and won in 17 hours 2 ins 58 secs.

Jan Forrester took part in the World Masters Mountain Running Champs in Clonmel, S. Ireland and came 6th from 14 in the LV70 category and the Ladies Vet 70 team of 3 took the Gold medal for GB with Jan being the 2nd scorer for the team.

Dan Haworth took on the GB Uphill Only World Champs Trial Race at Skiddaw and came 3rd.

Dennis Holmes completed his 200th parkrun.  John Thorpe took on the Hardmoors 60 on the Cleveland Way and came 19th from 255.

The monthly track sessions at Tupton Hall School continue to be popular.

3 MACs qualified for the World Mountain Running Champs in Thailand for November – Dan Haworth, George Foster and Billy Cartwright.

October 2022

The Winter Derby Runner BDL XC series started at a very uncharacteristically un-muddy course at Shipley Park, Heanor 11 MACs took it on.  The Dovedale Dash was moved forward from November to the same day, because of the car parking in the field always getting waterlogged.  Stuart Bond was interviewed on BBC Radio Derby and he is the only runner to compete in his 20s, 30s and 40s.

London Marathon kept it’s Autumn slot for the last time and Jude Goodall had a great run in 3 hours 47, getting a good for age for next year.  Chris Henshaw and Caroline Robertson also ran.

Mike Blair took on Chester Marathon in his English Masters vest finishing in 2.39.08, Jakki Simmonds ran and Matt and Katie Haywood.

Palma weekend was on again with a marathon, half and 10k with 11 MACs taking part.

The British Fell running relays took place in Scotland this year.  MAC had 1 men’s team who were 2nd overall and a mixed team, 104th.

The Northern Athletics XC Relays took place with MAC entering 4 teams.  The first ladies team  – Hayley Gill, Lottie Riddle and Amelia Corke finished in 15th, team 2 – Amy Jones, Miriam Beastall and Megan Elliot 28th and Team 3 Caroline Robertson, Penny McCloy and Kate Ruffell 48th.  The men – Toby Gill, Greg Hopkinson, Ewan Mackie and John Thorpe were 38th.

The N Mids XC series started with the first race at Markeaton Park, Derby.   Logan Fairey was 2nd in the U17, Amelia Corke, Colin Davenport, Mick Moorhouse, Kate Ruffell and Jan Forrester also took part.

The MAC Winter Age Graded 10k 6 races over 6 months got underway.


Over 30 attended the AGM at the Arc with Mike Blair voted Chairman, Vice Chair & Welfare Shelley Fairey, Secretary Dennis Belbin, Treasurer Daniel Ashcroft, Ladies Captain Lottie Riddle, Mens Captain Greg Hopkinson, Press Logan Fairey and Andy Mellor, Junior Co-ordinator Lisa Jones,  Coach Karl Webster and Website Mark Pollak.

BDL Race 2 Chaddesden saw a good turnout considering the Dovedale Dash has been moved to a month earlier.  Greg Hopkinson 1st overall, Jose Rivas Gutierrez 2nd and Jan Forrester 1st LV70.

Track session are now monthly and prove popular with seniors and juniors.

Billy Cartwright, George Foster and Dan Haworth represented the UK in the World Mountain and Trail Running Champs in Thailand.  Billy was part of the team which got team bronze in the 38k/2,400m+ race, George 34th in the Long – 78k/4,800m+ and Dan 41st in the Uphill Challenge his UK team achieving 5th. 8.5k/1,065m+.

One ladies team at the National XC at Berry Hill, Mansfield with Lottie Riddle, Louise Rowley and Kate Ruffell finishing 83rd/139.

MAC 10k age graded handicap 2nd race took place.  Derby 10 mile saw Dan Haworth 9th, Mike Blair 35th.  9 MACs took on Baslow Bolt.


Race 3 BDL Ilkeston with a good turnout in freezing conditions, which saw Bolsover 10k postponed as well as the track session at Tupton.

Lottie Riddle won the MAC place for the London Marathon 2023.

MAC Fancy Dress Christmas run took place in slippery conditions but good fun was had by all.  The annual run, walk, cycle round Carsington saw 25 taking part and the Beetroot Race on Boxing Day saw Billy Cartwright set a new course recordin 20.45. 1st junior was Kai Tresidder.

Karl Webster put on some XC training over the Festive period for seniors and juniors and Luke Beresford organised his annual run/walk from The Poets Pub in Ashover.

David Denton’s Queens Head 5k with 10 MACs taking it on and Jose and Luke battled it out for 3rd place.