Formed in 1976, Matlock Athletic Club provides competition for runners of all ages and abilities from the recreational runner to the competitive athlete. Based at the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock with the beautiful Derbyshire scenery on our doorstep, training nights are Mondays at 6.00pm and Thursdays at 6.30pm.
The club has a very active social and racing programme and hosts the popular White Peak Marathon, Swift Half Marathon and Down in a Shot 10K, two annual fell races, a round of the BDL XC series, the Peak Rail 7, a triathlon and also gives practical support to the Whitworth Thread and a number of other local races.
Enjoy our website and feel free to get in touch.
2020 White Peak Marathon has been postponed to 2021.
The 10k and Half Marathon have been rescheduled for 7 November (subject to change)
We recognise the hard work and training that you will have put in already. We want to be able to put on the event, and we know that you want to race. However, it will probably come as no surprise that we have decided it would be impractical, unwise and potentially unsafe to proceed with the event.
As things stand, our plans are as follows: We have earmarked Saturday 7 November 2020 as a replacement date for the 10k and half marathon. This is of course still subject to unfolding events, and if disruption continues throughout summer and autumn, we will update you if we have to postpone the 2020 event entirely. If you are unable to make this event, you can withdraw and have a refund, or you can roll forward your entry to 2021, to ensure that you are on the entry list for that event.
We have decided to postpone the Marathon, and this will be excluded from the November event. Sorry to those of you that are disappointed, but with shortened daylight hours and potentially cold weather, we do not feel it is fair on runners or our marshals to go ahead with the full marathon race. Anyone that has entered will be automatically rolled forward to the 2021 event, but we are also happy if you would prefer a refund, or if you would like to transfer your entry to the half marathon (with a refund on the difference in entry fee of course). We will provide a further update to runners via the race entry system, explaining what you need to do if you do want to change or cancel your entry.
Thank you for your understanding. I hope that we all get through the next few months safely and that some normality returns sooner rather than later, so that we can all get back to doing what we love - without keeping 2 metres apart. Matlock Athletic Club
Please Note - Junior group waiting list is currently full
Our Junior training sessions are currently full to capacity and since our waiting list has become so long we have unfortunately had to suspend till further notice. If you already have a child on the waiting list we will get in touch as soon as a place becomes available, however this is on a one in, one out basis, so please bear with us.
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Update on Black Rocks Fell Race 15th July 2020
Just for the avoidance of doubt, Black Rocks Fell Race isn't going ahead this year. We had selected the date carefully to avoid a clash with the Euro 2020 semi-finals on 8 July. Oh the irony!
We will hopefully be back bigger and better next year.
Keep running and keep safe.
MAC Bronco Challenge in aid of the Whitworth - 27 June 2020
- giving a donation on the day in cash (I will bring a tin to collect); or
- Donate online to the Whitworth crowdfunder campaign leaving the comment #macbroncochallenge.
- Please turn up (already warmed up!) 5 minutes before your allocated time slot
- Mark Pollak will run through the rules and the challenge (this will take about 5 minutes)
- You will set off as a group of up to 5 runners (around 5 minutes after your time slot)
- You'll get your time and we'll put up the results
- You will not feel well afterwards!
- Please turn up at the field no more than 5 minutes before your allocated time slot
- We will not have more than 5 participants at one time leaving 6 in the 'group' in total including myself.
- All Participants will need to pre-book a time slot online
- Time slots are set at 20 minute intervals (limited to 5 participants for each slot).
- The challenge itself takes around 5-9 minutes on average so there is time for 1 group to finish and the next group to come in and not cross over.
- Participants will be separated by 2 metres at all times.
- The challenge will take place on the bottom field at the Whitworth.
- Junior members must be accompanied to the park but parents will need to watch from the side of the course
Please note that the Whitworth charge for parking which is camera controlled. You should be able to park on a nearby road.
MAC 300 Miles in 36 Hours Virtual Relay
We've set ourselves a challenge - the '300 Virtual Charity Relay' in support of Ashgate Hospicecare, which will take place over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd May when over 50 club members will be attempting to run 300 miles in 36 hours of continuous activity. The run will be an out and back course from home to ensure social distancing and Government physical activity rulings are observed.
MAC may have been denied their annual fund-raising event – The Peak Rail Runner-v-Steam on Easter Monday – but have found a way to raise money for the charity chosen by our members - Ashgate Hospicecare who are appealing for funds, as their specialist end of life care has never been more in demand and their funding has been devasted by the Covd i-19 crisis
Please donate if you can through our gofundme campaign page
Peak Rail 7 Race Postponed
It is with great disappointment we have to announce that the postponement of the 'Runner versus Steam' event due to be staged on Easter Monday 13th April due to the Covid-19 crisis. This decision has been taken in the best interests of competitors, supporters and volunteers and in line with updated guidance from UKA/EA and Public Health England. All entrants will be contacted shortly with further details.
COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update
Many members will have seen the latest statement from England Athletics: https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/coronavirus-statement/
As an affiliated organisation, it is important that we act on their advice, which is of course consistent with the latest message from the UK Government.
We will therefore be pausing training for senior and junior members with immediate effect.
Please note that the EA statement includes “Where possible, athletes and runners at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments”.
As a committee we are evaluating what that means for us in practice. If we can support members with practical ways to maintain your motivation and training, within the confines of guidance from the government and UKA, we are keen to explore ways to help you keep active.
We will provide further updates over forthcoming days as further information and guidance is provided.
Be sensible and keep safe.
MAC Club XC 2020
Report and results from Karl Webster -
It was by the kind and generous hospitality of Brian and Deborah that this year’s cross country championships found itself at the beautiful local setting of Stancliffe Hall. The daffodils were out, the sun was doing its best to shine and the course was short but brutal.
With one lap for the under 12s, two laps for the under 17s and three for the grown-ups, 43 runners headed off around the parkland of Stancliffe which provided the opportunity for a bit of allsorts: soft grass; long sapping climbs; quick bursts across firm ground; a scramble up a bank, narrow woodland paths; and even a couple of electric fences to duck under.
In a true test of versatility it was Will Croft who led the short race round to take the boys’ title and Marlene Mettam for the girls.
Two laps were then admirably completed in the fastest times by Oli Lloyd for the lads and Poppy Lynn for the lasses.
For the seniors it was Simon Fisher whose lead never looked threatened, although young Sam Thompson ensured he couldn’t take it easy. Shelley Fairey displayed her current good form picking things up in laps 2 and 3 after doing the first one with her offspring.
MAC’s thanks go to Stancliffe Hall for the warm welcome and use of their grounds. Also all the MACs who helped out.
MAC MEMBERS' SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE DUE FOR 2020/2021
Membership subscriptions are now due -
You can do this by paying online and all the details can be found here. Please pay promptly!
MAC Club XC for Seniors and Juniors 2020
The MAC Club XC for Seniors and Juniors will be held on Saturday 14th March at 10.30. The start is at the new venue of Stancliffe Hall, Whitworth Road, Darley Dale, DE4 2HJ. Under 12s do 1 lap (approx. 1.5k per lap), under 16s 2 laps and everyone else 3 laps. It's a parkland course and should be nice and interesting. This is the first race in the 2020/2021 Junior and Senior GPs.
Following the race the Junior Presentation for the XC and the 2019/2020 Junior GP will take place. Bring a picnic if a nice day!!
There will be signs in place on the day for parking.
Please allow plenty of time to register for 10.30 a.m. start.
BDL Summer League Dates 2020
MAC Members' Survey
Andy Mellor, Club Chairman reports on the MAC Members' Survey -