Christine Howard rounded up the 2010 Matlock AC Grand Prix with an octane-fuelled performance, finishing the postponed Bolsover 10km as both first lady and first home of all the Matlock runners with a time of 37.42, a BP for this new course.
In a well-fought climax to the Grand Prix series, Bolsover proved to be a fast course with runners jockeying for points.
Good performances saw Martin Lea narrowly beating Jim Thorneycroft by four seconds to finish 69th in 41.40, Steve Mead (167th, 46.00) just pipping Steve Holt by ten seconds with a late surge for the finish while the ladies were not to be outdone with Sian Mead (216th, 47.44) finishing seconds ahead of Julie Goodwin. Bill Willis and Paul Keetley rounded up the remaining MAC crew, finishing 276th and 374th respectively out of the 584 runners.
This race settled the final places in the 2010 Grand Prix series of 20 fell and road races, over long, middle and short distance, run throughout last year with a last-minute change as Jim Thorneycroft took the lead from Steve Mead in the final straights to finish first overall.S
ian Mead took first lady of the series and super vet Brian Howitt romped home in the handicap results with a surfeit of points, a credit to him and an inspiration to all, showing that running isn’t something that stops in your 70s.
This year’s Grand Prix starts with the Wolfs Pit Fell Race in March. Anyone interested in joining can find Matlock AC at Highfields Lower School around 6.15pm on a Monday or the Lido around 6.15pm on a Thursday.