Invitation for runners to thread their way through park course

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A glorious summer morning welcomed the 38 runners who assembled for the first Saturday morning running of the new race, the Whitworth Thread 5K.

The race was won in fine style by Simon Croft in 18m 45s, and Simon is clearly intent on defying the section of the coaching manual on age related performance deterioration.

Organisers thanked everybody who competed, and said it was wonderful to see so many young athletes of the future running with big smiles on their faces.

The race raised £36 to charity, and the many donors were also thanked

The next monthly event is on Saturday 10th August.

The aim is to use the second Saturday in every month for these events.

The race will begin at 9am.

These races are open to runners of all standards — the only qualification is that you must feel like running 5K on a Saturday morning — along with a voluntary £1 donation we will distribute to chosen charities.

The race will be run entirely within the Whitworth Park and based around a 4 lap course.

The route is pure tarmac, with short downhill and uphill sections making the most of the criss-cross network of pathways for you to “thread” your way around with marshals dotted at various points leaving you free to concentrate and enjoy your run.

Organisers welcome entrants of any age and ability (Children should be accompanied) including plenty of people who have done very little running, as well as the cream of local club athletes.

These are events for everyone. Just turn up and enjoy yourself.

Your run will be timed and published on the Matlock AC website so you can monitor your future improvements over the coming months.

Organisers have asked that people make every effort to support getting this event off the ground.

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