Good start to BDL summer campaign for Matlock AC

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Matlock Athletics Club Round-up

Matlock AC made their debut in the Booths Decorators Summer League at Teversal last week against some good quality opposition with 12 teams entered.

Fifteen club members made the journey across the border into Nottinghamshire and were met with a testing five-mile off road course.

Amid a field of over 300 runners, five MAC members made their BDL debuts, including Craig Allen who responded by leading the men’s team home in 42nd place and claimed maximum points in MAC’s Senior Grand Prix.

He received excellent support from Andy Lessiter (45th), Alan Pickering (49th). Anthony Marchington (57th), Simon Croft (67th), Peter Wilmot (68th) and Matt Haywood (76th) to claim seventh position for the men’s team.

Alison Pye (147th, 19th overallall lady) led the ladies team to ninth position, supported by BDL debutant Katie Haywood (182nd, 28th overall lady) and Andrea Priestley (244th, 57th overall lady).

MAC finished joint eighth in the combined competition.

Also in the mix were Jim Thorneycroft (96th), Mick Moorhouse (113rd), another of the debutants in Dan Ashcroft (130th), Martin Lea (134th) and Emma Philips (283rd, 86th lady overall).

The next race is at Ilkeston in May.

The last in the series of eight Derby Midweek Races starting from Alvaston & Boulton Cricket Club in Raynesway took place on April 15th.

For MAC, junior Joe Hallas had a great race to finish third overall in a field of 28 runners in 5.02. Also for MAC, junior Grace Bailey claimed 22nd place overall in 6.40.

The second Chicken Run Fell Race (9.4k/322m) from Hayfield Primary School took place on Saturday.

Mark Burton was first man back and Judith Jepson first lady. The race was also in MAC’s Senior GP and Emma Phillips, being the only senior MAC there, got the 20 points.

Sunday saw the Derby 10k take place on a cool morning around Pride Park and the city centre.

For Matlock AC, Alan Pickering led the team home in 71st place at 37:22, then Andy Lessiter (96th) in 38:08, Christine Howard (137th) in 39:19, Daniel Ashcroft (364th) in 42:48 and Julie Goodwin (1624th) in 52:28, despite running with painful toothache.

In the 3K Fun Run, MAC juniors Michaela Dick claimed second place and Elizabeth Webster fourth.

There was also Matlock AC representation in the Manchester Marathon on Sunday, one of the most prestigious dates on the distance running calendar.

Nick Harrison, in his first marathon finished in under four hours in an impressive 3.56.