Matlock’s Neil Webster joins thousands for Leeds Abbey Dash 10k

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Matlock Athletic Club runner Neil Webster took part in the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k on Sunday with more than 9,500 other runners.

The race winner was Andrew Butchart of Central in a time of 29.17.

Speaking after the race Neil said: “The start was a bit like running in a football crowd and took three minutes to cross start line.

“It was a very enjoyable day though and I finished in 2,667 place in a time of 48 minutes, with which I am very pleased as it is a PB and I raised £145 for Age UK.”

Jack Rabbit Events organised the first Beacon Trail Half Marathon on Sunday and it attracted Matlock’s Martin Lea, Julia Buxton and Jim Thorneycroft over the county border and down to north Leicestershire.

The course consisted of two laps around Beacon Hill Country park and came with a promise of unrivalled views of Charnwood Forest and the Soar Valley from the high point of the course at the rock formation known as the Old Man of Beacon.

The route comprised mainly of compacted trails with the odd stretch of slightly muddier ground virtue of last weeks wetter conditions, and having virtually no flat sections meant runners were faced with a series of testing climbs and long down hill sections.

It certainly made a welcome change to road based half marathons.

Martin Lea recorded an excellent 19th place in 1-38-58 having disappeared into the mist away from the chasing Jim Thorneycroft at the halfway point, Jim eventually finishing 10 places behind in 1-41-40.

The third member of the MAC team Julia Buxton declared herself very satisfied with her finishing position and time of 123rd in 2-01-47.

Karen Morley took part in the Burntwood Aquathon on Sunday 16th November. This comprises a 400m pool swim followed by a 5k run.

She completed in 38.01 and was 7th in age group and 25th lady overall. Karen improved on the time she did the event in March by 1 and half minute