Hodgkinson takes pride of place for Matlock in Winster Hill Race

READY FOR THE OFF -- Matlock Athletics Club runners gather before the start of the recent Belper River Relays.
READY FOR THE OFF -- Matlock Athletics Club runners gather before the start of the recent Belper River Relays.

Zak Hodgkinson took pride of place when a large contingent of runners from Matlock Athletics Club helped to make the Winster Hill Race a huge success.

Hodgkinson finished fourth overall in the 6.49k race, which attracted a field of 108, and also won a senior inter-club contest staged by Matlock, courtesy of a time of 25.11 minutes.

Mick Moorhouse (31.32) was the first male veteran over-60 home, while Sian Mead (34.05) was the first lady veteran over-50 home and Jan Forrester (35.51) was the first lady veteran over-60 to finish

The other leading positions in the Matlock race were: 2nd Craig Allen 26.51, 3rd Scott Thompson 27.04, 4th Andy Sheldon 27.42 and 5th Andy Lessiter 27.47. In a junior race for Matlock runners, the top three were: Elspeth Grant (26.47), John Webster (27.34) and Toby Gill (28.09).

Hodgkinson also competed in the 69th Hope Wakes Fell Race, which is the third oldest race in the Peak District. He ran round with his sister, Karis, in a time of 77.50 minutes. On the hottest day of the year, 219 runners tackled the 9.5k course in what is a family event that includes races for adults, juniors and even infants.

Also on show for Matlock were Kieran Allanson, who clocked 48.23, and junior Joseph Currie, who finished first in his age group with a time of 7.32.

A beautifully sunny evening also greeted 57 runners in the Parwich Wakes Hill Race, which featured three runners from the Matlock club. John Hurley finished the 3.5-mile course in 23.19, ahead of Andrew Cochrane (24.35) and Clive Russell (26.57), who won the Taymac Trophy for being the oldest person to complete the race.

Meanwhile four Matlock members contested the popular Great Bakewell Pudding Race over 10.4k. Peter Wilmot was 18th in a time of 47.57, Charlie Bennett 61st in 55.23, Alison Pye 63rd in 55.28 and Laura Croft 114th in 66.58.