February 10, 2024


The results are in and the scores are on the doors as follows: 15 MACS ran, walked, crawled or volunteered at 8 different parkrun venues today with Andrew Watson stealing the tourist award from Dennis Holmes with a sneaky visit to inside the M25 at Leavesden Country parkrun where he ran an excellent 23.13 for 14th place. Dennis had made the journey to Alexandra parkrun in Moss Side Manchester where he ran his seasons best of 24.44 for 176th place (it’s a big event!). Moving on to the real athletes, Toby Gill was first finisher at Alvaston parkrun today in a very rapid 16.31 for a 78.91% age grading. At the same venue Lisa Walton broke her 30 minute barrier with a 29.54 and 246th place out of a field of almost 400. She also got her volunteer credit for the excellent job of car park marshalling! Flying solo for once Roy Austin was to be found at Beacon parkrun in Lichfield where he ran a pretty swift 23.23 for 60th place. Jay Bird ventured over the border into Nottinghamshire and the Mansfield parkrun where he was an impressive 27th in a time of 24.08. At our home parkrun Monsal trail, Mark Moriaty led in the quintet of MACS in a pretty impressive 21.39 for 18th place and an age grading of 71.59%. Second MAC home was Beccy Curtis-Hall in 23.38 setting her new course PB and 7th lady/38th overall. Having a steady run around Megan Elliott-Hopkinson jogged in at 25.25 for 70th position whilst Rob Curtis joined her with a leisurely stroll around in 26.02 for 79th position. Our final MAC in was David Davidson in 26.12 and 82nd place but most impressively with an age grading of 73.60% thereby demonstrating what an athlete he is in the Vet 75-79 category. Great running David. Sarah Walton and Andy Mellor, our MAC injury specialists, did fine work in Marshalling and Barcode scanning hopefully without adding any further ailments or infirmities. Penultimately, Chris Rouse was also to be found up in the leafy suburbs of Manchester at Peel parkrun today where he had a gentle stroll out completing the 5k in 34.46 and 405th position which I am sure was also a huge turnout event. Finally, the performance of the day was recorded at Rother Valley Country park parkrun where veteran runner (just) Luke Beresford ran a 16.38 for first finisher and a very impressive 82.06% age grading. Luke is becoming like a fine wine as they say….. Well ran / walked / hobbled everyone.

Update – Mark has lost his crown at Monsal Trail – the first MAC back was Caspar Reynolds (one of our MAC juniors) in a very-unjunior time of 18:38 and second place overall, just 5 seconds behind the first finisher. A new PB too, so congratulations Caspar!