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 Easter Monday 22nd April 2019 at 9.30am


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Matlock Athletic Club in conjunction with Peak Rail are pleased to announce the return of the popular Peak Rail 7, a race in which runners are challenged to beat the steam hauled heritage rail service from Peak Rail Rowsley South station to Matlock Riverside station and back,  The special Peak Rail 7 service train will again be reserved solely for runners supporters and will follow the 56 minute Peak Rail Rowsley/Matlock/Rowsley schedule which includes stops in both directions at Darley Dale station together with a longer stop at the halfway point in Matlock Riverside station. The scenic 7 mile course will see the runners racing on the White Peak Loop extension of the Monsal Trail, which runs from Rowsley to Matlock The close proximity of the Peak Rail track to the trail will give supporters on the train a number of photograph opportunities and be able to cheer support as they pass. The course is almost exclusively off-road apart from a small section heading in to Matlock. and provides excellent walking and cycling opportunities for supporters who wish to be more active in following the race
The course details can be viewed by clicking here
The entry fees are £12 UKA affiliated/£14 unattached plus online booking fee. There is a limit of 250 runners so be sure to enter early to secure your place. All runners will receive a unique race memento, and a generous prize list will be on offer for male and female 1,2,3 overall along with male & female V40, 50 & 60+ categories. It is online entry only which opens when the following link goes live at 18.00 on 7th December 2018 through Bookitzone: 

Supporters train tickets are discounted  to £7.50 for seniors, £5.50 for senior citizens & £3.50 for U16. The train has a capacity of 230 passengers and demand may exceed supply so train tickets need to be reserved in advance stating your ticket types to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., after securing your place in the event. Requests will initially be limited to 2 per runner. All rail tickets will require to be paid for on the morning of the race when race numbers are collected. The tickets will be valid for all day travel on Peak Rail, and runners can travel free later in the day on production of  their race number. Peak Rail scheduled services between Rowsley and Matlock commence at 11.00am on Easter Monday and run throughout the day. For those in need of post-race refuelling Peak Rail offer a buffet  service on board their scheduled services, and other food and refreshments can be purchased from the Northwood Buffet at Rowsley South station where there is also ample free car parking. 

Please note that securing a race entry does not guarantee seats on the train as we only have 230 tickets to distribute. Requests for tain tickets should only be made after you have received confirmation of your race entry through Bookitzone

Minimum age is 17 on race day, and please note that in order to keep the race adjacent to the rail line for much of the route there will be 3 flights of steps that have to be negotiated (2 up, 1 down) so unfortunately the course is unsuitable for wheelchairs users. We are grateful to Derbyshire County Council and the Pedal Peak project for granting us access on to the trail and we advise all competitors that we will be sharing the trail with the other runners, cyclists and walkers and request you show courtesy and good manners at all times. 
Peak Rail 7 - Runner versus Steam race details:
Date : Easter Monday 22nd April 2019, race commences 9.30am
Race Distance: 7 miles
Minumum Age: 17 on race day
Entry Fee: £12 UKA affiliated/£14 non-affiliated + online booking fee
Race Limit: 250 

Refunds & transfers: Unfortunately due to the small size of the race no refunds will be available unless in the event of a cancellation of the event Transfers allowed up to 12/04/2019

Supporters Train Tickets: By request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Initial applications limited to 2 per runner and payable on collection of your race number on race day

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Peak Rail 7

It's the clubs annual charity event the Peak Rail 7 on Easter Monday starting at 9.30am from Rowsley South station. The station gates open at 7.30am, the Marshals breakfast meetig is at 8.15am with the runners briefing at 9.20am. The train has a 2 minute delay, departing at 9.32am to allow the runners to make headway so the supporters on the traim can start to take their they pass


The weather forcast looks excellent with a prediction of a warm, sunny morning and only a moderate breeze, so come along and help with the volunteering if you're free. The course and start/finish areas are being set up Easter Sunday evening starting at 5.00pm and any assistance will be greatly received. 

Ian Milne White Peak Marathon and Half News - bridge damaged

Message from Matlock AC Chairman, Andy Mellor -

Entrants to the Ian Milne White Peak Marathon and Half Marathon may be aware that a lorry has collided with a bridge supporting the High Peak Trail near Longcliffe.  The bridge is severely damaged and the trail is currently closed.  This happened on 17th April and it will probably take a few days for the local authorities to assess the situation fully.

Matlock Athletic Club will be liaising with the local authorities so that we are fully informed regarding any closures on the trail, and diversions that might be put in place.  At this stage, with several weeks to go until the Ian Milne White Peak Marathon and Half, we would hope that the worst case scenario will be a small diversion if the bridge is unsafe to use.  We will provide further detail as soon as we can, and anticipate that this will be following the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.


Details of how to pay your membership are here -

Please pay promptly - membership ceases if not paid by 30th April and you are not eligible to race in a MAC vest, claim MAC GP points or be eligible to be selected for one of the 15 MAC teams entered this year for the Hairy Helmet Relays!

Please complete the application form via the link in the document above and then make online payment.  Note that the bank account details have changed since last year. For security the sort code and account number will be displayed when you submit the form.

Those who sign up and pay before 30th April 2019 will be entered in a prize draw.  The draw is to be held on Monday evening of 13th May after training at 7.00pm.


Welfare Officer required

Welfare Officer required!

The post of Welfare Officer has become vacant on the MAC Committee.  If you are interested in this position and would like to know more details, please contact - Chairman, Andy Mellor - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Some Regulatory Issued Explained - Please Read!!



Events April/May 2019

Here are some Events for April/May 2019 -









Senior and Junior GP Races 2019/2020

Here are the Senior and Junior GP Races for 2019/2020





Results for MAC Members' Senior and Junior XC 2019


Here are the results for the MAC Members' Senior and Junior XC 2019 at Darley Bridge


MAC Members' Senior Presentation Evening

The Function Room at The Gate at Tansley is now confirmed from 7.00p.m. on Sunday 24th March for the Senior Presentation for a buffet (sandwiches, chips, pork pie, seafood platter, chicken drumsticks, coleslaw etc.) this will cost £11 per person, payable in cash on the night on arrival. Please confirm ASAP if you are definitely coming and if you are bringing a partner as we need to let them know numbers on the morning of next Monday 18th March. If you confirm and don't come you will still be liable for the cost.  Please post on forum, MAC FB page or let a committee member know if you are going.

There will be award presentations, quiz and drink too!!!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

MAC Members' Senior and Junior XC

The Annual MAC Members' Senior and Junior XC will be held as usual at Darley Bridge. Meet at the Darley Bridge Car Park next to the Cricket Club on Monday 18th March at 5.45pm for registration.  For prompt start of race at 6.00pm.  It will be the usual course and there will be laps to suit all age categories - 3 laps seniors, 2 laps U16s and 1 lap U12s.  This is instead of Monday evening training on this day.  It will be very muddy, so wear some grippy soled running shoes.

The Junior Award Presentation will be held Monday 25th March at the Arc at the start of training.  We move back to the Arc from the football ground that day.

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