‘Ironman’ Cartwright secures Hawaii place

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Matlock AC’s Ben Cartwright qualified for the Ironman World Championships at the weekend after taking part in the Welsh Ironman in Pembrokeshire - a 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile bike and then a full marathon run.

In a field of over 2,000, Cartwright finished 42nd in 10.44.24 and in the process qualified for the World Championships that will take place in Kailua-Kona in Hawaii.

The monthly Whitworth Thread 5k Run took place on Saturday with debutant Peter Shuttleworth delivering a fine time of 17.23 to take victory. First lady was Tasmin Boam in 21.54 with MAC’s Nicky Dick just five seconds behind.First home for MAC was Jacob Cousins in 20.17.

Also on Saturday, Dennis Belbin took part in the Newcastle 5k Park Run, finishing in 90th place of 523 in 21.49.

The Great Kinder Barrel Race in Edale saw eight Matlock AC runners take part - Karl Webster, Andy Lessiter, Luke Beresford, David Clough, Zak Hodgkinson, Colin Davenport, Greg Woodward and Chris Hallas - and their team, Gladioli, won a race with several different obstacles in a time of 51 minutes.

A cool morning on Sunday saw over 1,500 runners taking part in the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon and Half Marathon in aid of Chesterfield-based chairty, Kids ‘N’ Cancer.

The event at Queen’s Park saw Matlock runner Alan Pickering, competing in his first marathon, cross the line in an excellent sixth place in a time of 2:58.20, with Andrea Priestley running a time of 4:11.48 and Julie Goodwin 4:17.06.

In the half marathon, MAC’s Michelle Lester finished in 2:17.05.

Sunday also saw the Ashbourne Half Marathon take place, including several Matlock AC members. The race was the concluding event of the Peak Half Marathon series, a trio of hilly races on running terrain to match the climbs of some of cycling’s toughest tests.

Beginning in Ashbourne town centre and progressing upwards to Thorpe before reaching the top at Blore Plastures, Matlock’s finishers were - 19th Richard Bradbury (1:27.19; 32nd Rhys Brown (1:34.11), 34th Peter Wilmot (1:34.29), 35th Chris Hallas (1:34.34), 42nd Jim Thorneycroft (1:35.01), 46th and third lady Christine Howard (1:36.41), 65th Dennis Holmes (1:42.28) and 77th John Hurley (1:44.15).