Matlock runners make cross country league debuts

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There was a good turnout of 15 men and 13 women for Matlock Athletic Club for the second round of the BDL (Booths Decorators League) Series of five cross country races.

In windy conditions, runners took on two laps of Chaddesden Park over 4.25miles.

Elsbeth Grant was first lady and Lizzie Webster and Michaela Dick took part in their first BDL event.

Colin Davenport was the first MAC runner home, followed by Mike Blair, Elsbeth Grant, John Thorpe, Matt Haywood, Carl Dyke, Craig Allen, Bob Foreman, Scott Thompson, Charlie Whittaker, Lizzie Webster, Geoff Cooper, Antony Lester, Dan Ashcroft, Jo Grant, Michaela Dick, Mick Moorhouse, Gavin Simmons, Alison Pye, Nicky Dick, Kathryn Berrisford, Steve Goodall, Jan Forrester, Katie Haywood, Molly Gorman, Rachel Spencer and Jakki Simmons.

The presentations took place for the winners of the Summer BDL League too.

MAC’s ladies were awarded the trophy for winning the Ladies’ Race Series.

Jade Stone, Jo Grant, Hayley Gill, Bradley Stone and Jim Thorneycroft all won trophies in their age categories.

At the monthly Whitworth Thread 5k in fine, sunny weather, Matlock’s Mike Blair was first in 17.45, just beating Elsbeth Grant U16 in 17.50.

John Thorpe was sixth in 18.40, Simon Flitter seventh in 18.58, Bertie West eighth and first under-17 in 19.49, Simon Brister 10th and first MV60 in 20.16 and Andy Mellor 11th in 20.47.

Under-14 James Briggs finished in 21.19, Jacob Jones U12 in 21.25, William Croft and William Flitter both U12 equal in 21.31, and Shelley Fairey in 21.32.

In the second race in the North Midlands XC League at Glebe Park, Corby, Alex Currie ran in the under-11s boys’ race, finishing 21st. Caitlin McCloy was ninth in the girls’ race.

In the under-15s, Lizzie Webster was third and Michaela Dick 12th.

Richard Bradbury took on The Roaches FR (24.1k/1,128m) on Sunday, a tough Category BL fell race from Meerbrook Village Hall. Richard finished 20th in 2.30.21.

Jim Thorneycroft ran the Derby 10 miler to ensure he had completed the necessary five races of eight in the RunDerby Series. He was 106th in 1.10.07 and third MV60.