The White Peak 'Down in a Shot' 10k

Festival of running update  
We plan to reschedule the event for Saturday 26 June 2021
The Matlock Athletic Club Festival of Running (comprising the  Ian Milne White Peak Marathon, Swift Half Marathon  'Down in a Shot' 10k) was scheduled to take place on Saturday 15 May 2021. The Government roadmap indicates that step 3 (which will lift most restrictions on outdoor gatherings) will not take effect until 17 May at the earliest preventing the event from proceeding as planned.
We know that runners are keen to get back into action. We plan to reschedule the event for Saturday 26 June. This will allow some flexibility if there is a slight delay in the roadmap out of lockdown. Many runners will be following training plans and starting to step up the mileage. This new date should allow runners to modify those plans slightly so that their efforts to date are not lost. All of us are now sadly accustomed to our lives being dictated by events outside of our control. Please note that the event will be subject to licences being granted by the landowners and Association of Running Clubs, and compliance with any government restrictions that are in place at the time. Runners will be contacted directly (using the email address provided when entering the race) with further information. 
 

 

Welcome to the homepage for the Down in a Shot 10k, the new speedy young member of the MAC White Peak Festival of Running. This may be the fastest 10k you will enter and joins the popular Ian Milne White Peak marathon and Swift Half marathon in offering runners a variety of distances on the scenic High Peak Trail to choose from . All three races will be staged at the same time, the huge benefit you will gain from this race is you get all the downhills - the course has a nett gain of 800ft+ of descent. So it will be fast, very fast!!!!!

 There will be a generous prize list on offer  PLUS bonus prizes of £100 to the winners of the mens and ladies races should they finish in under 30.00 minutes in the mens race and 34.00 minutes in the ladies race. And we believe those times are achievable targets on this course.

 The entry system opens at 8.00am on Friday morning 1st November 2019 and we expect the 150 places to sell-out very quickly. It is online entry only through Bookitzone via the link below where full details of the race can be found.

Down in a Shot 10k Entry

 

 

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New Training Sessions 20th May 2021

Message from Andy Mellor, Chairman

Thank you to everyone who has voted in our poll for how to run training sessions in the future.  It is clear that there are number of members that favour each option – meeting at the Arc as before and the local group runs.

So in the spirit of compromise, the Committee would like to suggest a hybrid approach and we suggest that we trial this initially but keep it under review, so please continue to feedback your thoughts to any committee member.

Thursday 20th May is the first run following the move to step 3 of the Government roadmap, and it would be nice to take the opportunity to congregate at the Arc as we did in the good old days for a MACnificent reunion. Ironically a small number of MACs won’t be present as they are participating in the ‘Chase The Sun’ runs in Leicester.

Our plan is to alternate between an Arc-based group run; a mass away run (over summer, eg around Rowsley, Carsington, Cromford etc); another Arc-based run; and then local group runs. The local group runs will be similar to our current arrangements, but without the limit of six on runners.  We traditionally finish off the evening away runs at a local hostelry.

One of the reasons that the current groups have worked so well is probably that runners have found groups that suit their preferred distance and pace. We are committed to ensuring that Thursday runs are accessible and fun, so although we will congregate together, we want to be able to send out 4 groups (including one group that offers a shorter distance) so that no one feels put off or out of their depth. We need a regular stream of volunteers who are happy to know the route, and to lead a group at an appropriate pace. We’ve had plenty of people willing to lead groups of six over recent months, so don’t be shy – please keep volunteering to head up a group.

Some Events for May 2021

Here are some Events for May 2021

EventsMay2021.pdf

Events April/May 2021

Here are a few Events for April/May 2021 currently scheduled to go ahead.  Hopefully, more events will take place as time goes on and Covid restrictions ease further

EventsAprMay2021.pdf

Resumption of Club Training

Club training resumes on Monday 29th March with the return of our tried and tested socially distanced groups of 6 meeting in varying locations.We kick off with the usual Monday evening speed sessions followed a few days later with the traditional first 'away' run of BST  around Chatsworth Park on Thursday 1st April. All club members are welcome to participate, but you will need to book a place in one of the groups in advance. Further details o how to join a group can be found in the members Facebook page, or contact a committee member if you are uanble to access this platform

Club Subs 2021/22

The club annual subscriptions and optional EA affiliation for 2021/22 are due by 1st April 2021, details on how to renew can be found in the Club Membership Subs page under the  'MAC Members' tab. 

Peak Rail 7 Postponement

It is with great regret and frustration that we have to announce that due to the strict lockdown restrictions continuing beyond Easter the 'Runner versus Steam event will be postponed on Easter Monday, and will now take place on Saturday afternoon 4th September 2021. All entrants have been sent a race update from Bookitzone entries, please send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you hold a place for this years race but have not yet received the communique.

Which Way Navigation Challenge Report and Results

Report and Results of the Which Way Navigation Challenge November 2020 by Les Thurston with final men's result added on 21st Nov -

WhichWayChallenge_2020.pdf

On 21st November Les Thurston - Here is the final Which Way Navigation Challenge Scoreboard for the MAC men with 4 late results included. John Green takes the honours for finding the shortest route of the whole event (male and female).
 
 

Events, Postponements and Cancellations for October 2020

Here are some Events, Postponements and Cancellations for October 2020

EventsOct2020.pdf

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.

 
 
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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

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