Matlock Athletics Club enjoy a busy week of action

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Even though Saturday 13th December dawned really cold and icy, there was a really healthy turn out of 80 runners, 31 of whom were MAC members.

And there was a good showing from MAC, who took the first 3 places. Lewis Gibbs (19.12) returning from a prolonged Thread absence to finish first.

An interesting run developed with the top three exchanging places up to the final quarter of a mile.

Second place should have been MACs Rhys Brown until he swept straight by and embarked on a fifth lap, so honours went to Andy Lessiter (19.33) John Webster 3rd (19.45). First lady back and fifth overall was MACs Christine Howard (20.04).

The December Thread was part of the MAC junior Grand Prix and 12 juniors were vying for valuable points.

Undoubted star of the show though was young William Croft, who is not yet six, but ran round to complete his 10th Thread and become the youngest member of our 50k club. His charity nomination will be the Haemophiliac Association.

Despite the ice, there were 16 PBs and £73.53 was raised for the Whitworth Trust and the running total is now £1098.07.

It was another very cold, damp morning following the heavy frost of Saturday night for the 787 runners who took part in the annual Bolsover 10K road race. It was great to see such a variety of runners from Reindeer, to Elves and from Santa’s to Snowmen in this well organised and well marshaled event.

Matlock Athletic Club was out in force with some of the newest members of the club enjoying their first run at this popular winter race.

The First half of this race is a nice steady meander out through Bolsover with just the odd gentle hill to thin out the crowds.

However, by the time the 5K mark is reached it all takes on a very different story. A long, quiet country lane which seems so innocent at first, soon begins to take its toll as it sweeps you into the icy cold headwind. It’s here that the race really begins for most.

However, that didn’t seem to make too much difference to winner Richard Weir, of Derby AC who came romping home in a spectacular time of 31:25 clearing his nearest contender by almost a minute,

Shane Robinson, of Lincoln Wellington AC, came second in 32:16 who was chased to the finish in 32:25 by Ronny Wilson, again of Lincoln Wellington AC.

First Lady was Emily Whitmore of Charnwood AC in 36:32.

This race was also part of the MAC Senior Grand Prix and the finishing positions are as follows:

Alan Pickering 38.09, Anthony Marchington (error with chip, so no finishing time), Peter Wilmot 40.20, James Thorneycroft 41.31, Simon Flitter 42.03, Dennis Belbin 42.01, Mark Pollak 44.05, Daniel Ashcroft 45.16, Neil Webster 48.17, Steve Mead 49.52, Sian Mead 52.09, Rebecca Mead 52.09, Julie Goodwin 53.30, Bill Willis 54.07 and Tess Whittaker 58.34.

Full results: www.northderbyshirerc.jimdo.com

Peak Raid 3 - Round 4 of 4 took place at Crowden on Sunday in very good conditions. These are scoring orienteering events.

In first place was Richard Robinson in 2.40.34 and first lady was Penny Collier, of Dark Peak Fell Runners.

MACs Richard Bradbury was fourth overall in a time of 2.50.30. He also bagged first Vet, second individual and third overall in the Series. There were 77 runners.

The Litton Christmas Cracker Multi-terrain race also took place on Sunday at Tideswell (12.2k/360m).

The route was an anti-clockwise loop where at times the path was so flooded the runners might as well have run in the river.

Also taking in Cressbrook, back up the hill and across to the trig point, then Tansley Dale and finally back to Litton.

It was chilly to start with, slippery, rocky, muddy but brilliant fun. Around 250 runners took part.

Chrissie Howard was sixth lady and first v40, Nicky Dick was 13th lady and Julia Buxton also had a good run for MAC. Ian Phillips was second male.