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5 months 2 weeks ago #3920 by Jan Forrester
Mike Blair reports on Wilne 10k -“The race always attracts a strong field of runners looking for fast times and apart from the race itself, the day encompasses the Derbyshire 10k championships and the Midland Masters Championships.With conditions marginally cooler than last year, a sextet of MAC’s headed out to the fast, flat course in Draycott, that the entry of the race alone, swelled the local population by 30% according to the 2011 census.The race set out at a pace and as everyone jostled for position up front, Mike Blair was settling in to position in the very lively pack on his way to a seasons best time of 35.49, having had the elite leaders disappear by the first few turns. Jim Thorneycroft (42.35), Andrew Lessiter (43:56) and John Birch (46.13) were close on his heels, putting in sharp performances and making up the men’s quartet in the race.MAC Veteran ladies superstars Hayley Gill and Sally Owen were having a similar race, settling into the packed field of 911 runners. Sally Owen was as usual, running at her limit to secure a new and well deserved PB of 53.46 with Hayley Gill just missing out on PB status by a few seconds running an impressive 39.17.The quality runs put out by all of the MAC members earned some Derbyshire medals for their efforts. Hayley Gill walked away with not one, but two medals, taking Bronze in the outright ladies competition as well as a Gold in the LV35/44 Category. The MAC men secured another Veteran Gold in the MV55 category with Jim Thorneycroft’s fine performance and Mike Blair took 2nd in the MV35 category.”Note - Unfortunately no team prizes as UKA rules state that runners must wear standard club kit to qualify when entering under club name and some MACs did not. Also remember to enter as Matlock AC.
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