Matlock’s Billy Cartwright enjoys successful week

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It is the start of the summer evening fell races and Matlock Athletic Club’s Billy Cartwright was out in the hills again on Tuesday evening for the Burbage Skyline (9.3k/366m).

This time he was pursued by brother, Ben. with Billy finishing in fifth place in 41.33 and Ben just five seconds behind in seventh place.

Charlie Bennett (58.18) and Andrew Dinsdale (63.10) also represented the club.

The race, which was won Dane Blomquist of ShUOC in 38.23, starts near Fox House Inn and takes in Hathersage Moor and Higger Tor.

Peter Wilmot (42.18 48th overall) was the lone Matlock runner at Tiger’s Todger Fell Race (9.2k/259m) on Wednesday evening. This was the second race in the Totley Race Series.

The winner was Simon O’Meara of Alehouse in 34.12. There were 184 runners.

Billy Cartwright (36.30, 23rd position) continues to shine in the fells. This time he was taking on ‘Up the Nab’ Fell Race (6.4k/365m) from Glossop Rugby Club and a counter in the English Fell Running and Derbyshire Championships.

All the big guns from the Lakeland clubs were out for this one with the winner being Mercia FR Simon Bailey in 34.04.

Billy even managed to come ahead of Derbyshire’s Stuart Bond, of Dark Peak FR, (36.34). First lady was Heidi Dent of Howgill Harriers in 38.27.

Elsbeth Grant put in a great run on Saturday to finish first lady at the No Walk in the Park, 5k at Queens Park, Chesterfield, and fourth overall! in a time of 18.42. Dan Ashcroft had a good run too finishing in 21.04 in 12th place.

The winner was Kristian Watson of Sutton-in-Ashfield Harriers in 16.55. There were 63 runners.

In the 1,500m Run Caitlin McCloy had an impressive run to complete in 7.20 in seventh place a field of 30 runners.

Holymoorside 10k took place on Sunday 8th May in glorious sunshine.

The event is growing in popularity and the organisers were treated to a record turnout with 325 runners taking on the course, run along country roads which start with a relentless 4k uphill start.

The heat kept times generally down and no records broken, but a superb run by Scott Thompson saw him mix it at the front end with a fine 20th overall place.

The Peak District Spring Trail Running Series Race 3 of 3 took place on Sunday from Calver in very hot conditions.

The route goes to Frogatt and passes through Eyam village toward Foolow with some lovely wide grassy gracks to Cavendish Mill and back to the finish.

Matlock’s Billy Cartwright was out again and he took on the long course (16.7k/349m) and put in another great performance taking first place in 1.10.30.