Les flies the flag for Matlock in fell race

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Les Thurston flew the flag for Matlock Athletics Club as their only member in the 188 runners for the tough Stoney Middleton Fell Race on Thursday.

On a cool evening he finished the 8.5k/200m race in a time of 51.24.

Winner was Stuart Bond in 32.32 and first lady was Zoe Proctor in 40.53.

Then it was on to Cornwall on holiday for Les who completed the Helston Penrose 5k Park Run in 23.36 to win first MV65.

The rain held off for the Brassington Fell Race, part of Wakes week, on Thursday with a BBQ and Boules at the Gate Public House.

There was a record turnout of 122 runners, with Luke Beresford of Ripley RC in first place in 28.37.

First lady and junior was Helen Thornhill of Buxton in 35.03.

Simon Brister, for Matlock, was first MV60 in 36.30, Andy Hodkin finishing in 39.16 and and Jan Forrester first LV60 in 45.17.

Saturday saw the Meerbrook 15k take place starting from the Meerbrook Village Hall, near. Leek.

With views of the Cheshire plain this is a tough road race, nestled below The Roaches.

Winner was Ben Fish of Blackburn Harriers in 53.49 and first lady was Hannah Oldroyd of Saltaire Striders in 63.10.

The MACs all put in good performances with Andy Hall leading them home in 1.13.12, closely followed by Charlie Whittaker in 1.14.13, Mark Jackson in 1.26.58, Karen Morley 1.30.52, Jude Goodall 1.33.41, Tess Whittaker 1.33.43 and Tessa Brough 1.35.11.

On Sunday in ideal conditions the Blithfield Triathlon (1,500m swim, 40 km cycle, 10 km run) took place.

Blithfield Reservoir is situated in some of Staffordshire’s most beautiful countryside. The bike course is twice round a fast rolling 20k loop and the run is out and back with a mixture of off road and tarmac.

MACs Matt Hayward is on a roll at the moment. Having just completed a 300-mile charity cycle ride, he was 25th overall in the tri in a time of 2.21.59.

Winner was Mark Redwood of Tricamp TFN RT in 2.01.33 and first lady was Kelly Weall of TFN in 2.22.20. There were 143 finishers.

Colin Davenport had a trip up to Masham on Sunday to run in the Yorkshire Day Challenge, organised by Grim Up North Running.

He said: “The premise is pretty basic, with runners completing as many 3.3 mile laps as they can or want to within a six hour time limit.

“This is low key running at its best - a registration tent, a table of water, and the nearest toilet block a quarter of a mile away in town - like a Booth’s Decorators meeting, but 12 times longer.

“The route was out and back on single track footpath through woods and fields by the River Ure, which in sections eventually broke down into a dust bowl to add to the ankle-twisting amusement.

“I had a good run, eventually crawling in first after completing 13 laps - 43 miles - in 5:39.

“My plan at the outset had been to get 14 laps in, but the competitive edge gradually dissipated in the last 10 miles.

“Even on a lapped course endurance running is a lonely sport!

“I won a sweatshirt, bottle of Black Sheep beer, chocolate and a natty glass trophy!”

Not content with having already run two Lake District trail marathons this summer, Martin Lea decided it was time for a change of scenery so he headed across to Wales on Sunday, July 24 to compete in the Snowdonia Trail Marathon.

This race took in a 44.7km route with 1672m of ascent and Martin finished it in 5hrs 21mins 46secs for 77th place out of 410 finishers.