Impressive displays from Matlock AC in Booths Decorators League meeting

Young runners are pictured at the start of the Lea Bunny Run on Sunday.
Young runners are pictured at the start of the Lea Bunny Run on Sunday.

There was another good turnout of 15 Matlock Athletics Club members for the second summer race at Ilkeston in the Booths Decorators League.

The race preceded the cross-country league presentations, with six of those present being lady members.

That meant it was fitting that the ladies team claimed an impressive fifth spot on the night and the men a creditable eighth, but it is very tight in the mid-division of all three team categories so Matlock can move up quite a few places with a surge over the coming races.

Zak Hodgkinson (30.09) and Kelly Thorneycroft (sixth lady overall in 34.20) led the two teams home for MAC over a flat course.

Making valuable contributions to the ladies’ team score were Alison Pye (37.33) and Katie Haywood (39.47) while the men’s team scorers featured Alan Pickering (32.12), Andy Lessiter (32.21), Peter Wilmot (33.24), Anthony Marchington (33.26) and Chris Hallas (33.38).

Other fine performances came from Jim Thorneycroft (35.57), Dan Ashcroft (36.06) Jan Forrester (first VL60 in 41.33), Andrea Priesley (41.39), Emma Philips (48.24) and Mick Moorhouse (42.39) who ran despite being injured.

The post-race presentation saw Matlock AC collect an impressive number of team and individual medals from last season’s efforts.

MAC runners Ben Cartwright and Kieran Allanson were mixing it with Dark Peak and Totley and Sheff Uni runners on Tuesday evening at the Burbage Fell Race from Fox House Inn.

Cartwright finished seventh in 40.23 and Allanson 12th in 42.18.

Cool temperatures of 12 degrees greeted runners at both the Thorpe Marathon and the Swift Half Marathon last Saturday.

The half marathan saw MAC’s Finn Page have a fine race to finish fifth in 1:22:48.

Daniel Ashcroft, running in his first half marathon, romped home in 1:33:03 while Alison Pye came home with a PB in 1:48:24, just two seconds ahead of another half marathon debutant in Neil Webster. Will Hoon recorded 1:54:07 in what was also his first half marathon.

For the Marathon, MAC’s John Hurley came home in 38th position in 3:36:52 and scooped the MV60 Prize and Tessa Brough, in her first marathon in the LV60 category, finished 144th in 4:39:24.

The annual Lea Bunny Run 10k, 5k and family fun races run took place on Sunday, starting from Lea Green Development and Conference Centre and the 10k runs proressing through the villages of Dethick, Lea and Holloway, in aid of Lea Primary School.

There were 104 runners in the 10k race which was won by Andrew Harding in 36.25. First for MAC was Craig Allen in fourth place in a time of 40.09. First lady was Lucy Taylor of Ripley RC in 43.20.

The 5k race was part of MAC’s Junior GP and there was a sea of light blue vests vying for points which will be allocated shortly.

A new event on Sunday, organised by Crazy Legs Events, took place at Darley Moor Race Track near Ashbourne.

The duathlon consisted of a 5k run then 20k bike and a 5k run. The traffic-free conditions made for some fast times. It was cold and windy but the tail-wind helped on the way out.

For Matlock AC, Jan Forrester was fourth lady and first LV60 in a time of 1.25.47.

The Ashbourne Triathlon (400m swim, ten-mile bike, three-mile run) took place on May 10 and Neil Webster of MAC was determined to better last year’s time.

He easily managed this by completing in 1:06:35; four minutes, 15 seconds quicker. He was 73rd out of 390 overall and tenth out of 50 in his age group.