Derwent Valley Tour produces fine displays

Matlock AC runners have once again been busy in action as the season continues to produce plenty of competitive races.

Mick Moorhouse took on the Totley Moor Fell Race (8.3k/440m) and finished in third place in the MV60 category in 47.03.

May 23 was the start of the 25th Derwent Valley Tour which comprised of four races over the Bank Holiday weekend. A mixed bag of weather met the entrants with heavy rain interspersed with sunny spells throughout.

This event is organised by David Denton ( and many competitors compete in all four events, which is quite a feat given the hills involved.

First off on Friday was a 4.4 mile road run starting at the Bridge Inn, Duffield. This was won by Luke Beresford of Ripley RC in 25.15, while first lady was Emma Gould of Mercia FR also fifth overall in 26.32.

For MAC Ed Hoon was ninth and John Hurley 21st, also claiming fiest MV55 in 28.50.

Race two on Saturday was from Wash Green, Wirksworth - a 4.3mile road race.

The winner wasAnthony Hatswell of Long Eaton RC in 25.13, first lady, again being Emma Gould of Mercia FR and 4th overall in 26.58.

Ed Hoon for MAC was fifth overall in 27.16, 17th Simon Flitter in 29.03 and John Hurley 20th in 29.25, also first MV55.

Race three took place on Sunday from the Social Club, Chevin Road in Milford (five miles) and was won by an in-form Dean Taylor of Ripley RC in 30.55.

First lady was once again Emma Gould, fifth overall, of Mercia FR in 32.29. For MAC Ed Hoon was tenth overall in 33.55 and John Hurley 20th and first MV55 in 35.16.

Race four took place on Bank Holiday Monday - a four-mile road race from the Village Hall in Rowsley.

First man was Martin Lewis of Charnwood AC in 23.48 and, with a fine run to claim second place, MAC’s Zak Hodgkinson in 24.58.

Emma Gould completed a remarkable weekend to take a clean sweep of wins in the ladies section, finishing in 26.43

MAC’s Ed Hoon finished in seventh place in 27.12. John Hurley was 1st MV55 and finished in 22nd place in a time of 29.24. Lindsay Allen was 70th in 36.44.

Over the four races, Dean Taylor of Ripley was first overall with Matlock’s Ed Hoon fourth and John Hurley 14th. Emma Gould was highest-placed lady.

Over the weekend the Derbyshire Track and Field Championships took place at Moorways Stadium, Derby.

For Matlock AC, Joe Hallas in the U15 Boys finished fourth in the 1,500m final in 4.39.82.

A large field of 251 runners at this year’s Buxton Half Marathon were greeted with challenging weather conditions which ranged from drizzle, a cool breeze, a fair head wind in places and a good old downpour towards the end of the race.

Matlock had a strong team in force with Alan Pickering being the first home in 15th place in 1:25:38 and first MV45, followed by Jim Thorneycroft in 49th place and second MV55 at 1:35:26 who had played “cat and mouse” with Chris Howard throughout the race, giving each other the determination to keep going strong with Christine coming in as first lady at 1:35:34 and in 50th place, the third time she has claimed this title.

Martin Lea finished 80th in 1:40:25. Heanor Dale Annable won the race in 1:16:52.

On Bank Holiday Monday, the Bamford Sheep Dog Trials events took place and with it the annual fell race.

The race takes a steep climb up Parkin Clough before the headlong descent back to the showground.

The winner was Peter Hodges of Dark Peak FR in 32.23 and for MAC Ben Cartwright was third in 33.44 after cycling 40 miles to the event.

First lady was Caitlin Rice of Glossopdale in 37.19. Matlock’s Jan Forrester was second LV60 in 46.32.