Busy time for Dales athletes as May produces a packed running calendar

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It’s been a busy month so far for Matlock AC athletes with several events taking place across the country.

Last Sunday saw the Carsington 7+ take place, a 7.76 mile (12.5km) race around Carsington Reservoir.

The race followed a route starting and finishing close to the Carsington Water Visitor Centrem taking runners on a full clockwise circuit of the reservoir.

The winner was Andy Harding from Belper completing the course in 44m 44secs, while first lady was Wendy Higginbottom in 56.31.

For Matlock AC, Finn Page led the Sky Blues home in ninth place in 52.35 followed by David Clough 55th in 1.00.58. Darran Nuttall, Ian Gibbs and Sue Gibbs came home in 98th (1.06.04), 192nd (1.14.45) and 214th (1.18.37) respectively.

There were 307 finishers.

Also on Sunday was the Holymoorside 10k.

The winner of this year’s Race was Stuart Bond of Dark Peak Fell Runners in 34.57 with Matlock AC’s Billy Cartwright second in 37.47.

Next back for MAC in 51st place was Daniel Ashcroft in 47.56 followed closely by Nick Harrison in 64th place in 49.53.

First lady was Rachel McGuinness of Derwent Runners in eighth place in 41.26 as 221 runners finished the race.

The Tiger’s Todger (9.2k/259m), in the Totley Series of five, took place on the evening of 6th May.

Dave Archer of Dark Peak,won the race in 32.08 and first lady was Zanthe Wray of Dark Peak in 37.51.

Ben Cartwright led the MAC runners home in sixth place in 34.49, while Kieran Allanson was 14th in 36.39, Peter Wilmot 39th in 40.29 and Nick Harrison 137th in 47.30. There were 247 finishers.

The monthly Whitworth Thread took place last Saturday in mixed conditions of sun and squally showers.

Luke Beresford of Ripley RC who finished in 17.01, a new course record.

MAC’s Michael Beech was second in 17.46 and Craig Allen third in 18.27. MAC’s Alison Pye was first lady in 22.00.

The annual Cressbrook Crawl Fell Race (10.5k/350m) also took place on Saturday.

The winner was Gareth Briggs of Dark Peak in 46.14 and first lady was Olivia Walwyn of Macclesfield. MAC’s Christine Howard was first LV40 in 56.09, Karl Webster seventh in 50.07 and John Webster ran 53.30. Jan Forrester was 1st LV60 in 68.36.

On Bank Holiday Monday, MAC runners Alex and Joseph Currie took on the third event in the Junior English Fell Racing Championships - The Coiners, near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

In the U8 race (0.9k/62m) Alex improved on his last race to come fourth in a field of 47 and in the U12 race (2.3k/152m) Joseph came sixth in a field of 76 earning him a further 44 points in the championships.

The James’ Thorn Fell Race (8k/491m) also took place on Bank Holiday Monday.

For MAC, Andy Lessiter was 29th in 40.11.

Despite heavy rain, over 700 people visited Chatsworth recently to cheer on runners at Derbyshire charity Helen’s Trust annual 10k and 3k Event.

Helen’s Trust President, the Duchess of Devonshire, started both races, and presented proud runners with their prizes.

Brothers Billy and Ben Cartwright, both members of Matlock Athletic Club, crossed the finish line together and came first and second respectively, with just 0.01 seconds between them.

Meanwhile, Calver athlete Marcus Scotney took a bronze medal whilst running for England at the British 100km Championships in Wales.

Scotney’s run also helped bring home a gold medal for the England team as they won the Anglo Celtic Plate.

He ran a new PB in 7hrs 6mins which places him in the all-time top 30 for 100km runs in the UK.

The course was 32 laps of a road loop in a small village in Wales called Redwick, equating to 62 miles in total.