Matlock Athletics Club round-up
Matlock AC finished the Booths Decorators League with their men’s and conbined teams both claiming second place and the ladies team third.
The final race of the series took place in Holmbrook last weekend, with 30 Matlock runners taking to the start line in bright and sunny conditions to race over an undulating two lap course of approximately 5.5 miles.
The front end of the race saw the Heanor men’s ‘A’ team trying to dominate to claw back the one point lead Matlock held going into the race, but Ian Philips led the resistance by finishing third overall to ensure the final outcome went to count back, from which Heanor prevailed thanks to accumulated scores over the five races.
Another set of fine performances from Zak Hodgkinson, Ben Cartrwright, Joe Hallas, Richard Bradbury in his annual XC race, Andy Lessiter and Alan Pickering saw Matlock fighting to make it a hard-fought contest right to the bitter end.
The ladies produced another fine display, being led home on this occasion with a sparkling run by Kelly Thorneycroft, to finish third on the day and maintain the same position in the overall standings in front of the threatening race hosts North Derbyshire RC.
Another pair of excellent performances from Christine Howard, with her second race in two days, and Alison Pye made sure Matlock AC finished with a top three position and cemented their second place in the combined competition.
On Saturday 31st January the Winter Warrior Obstacle Race took place at Castle Donington Race Track and for MAC Julie Goodwin took part.
This event involves 30 challenging obstacles per lap, including cresta run, mud, a climbing zone, mud, tunnels, assault course and a fast section of running, Goodwin putting in a fine effort despite the gruelling cold.
On Saturday (7th) the No Walk in the Park 5k run in Queens Park, Chesterfield took place, with 95 runners taking part.
The winner was Russell White from North Derbyshire RC in a time of 17:23.
For MAC, Christine Howard came in 15th place and took the first FV40 title in a time of 19:57.
In the junior race of 1,500m Isaac Rushworth came first in 5:42 followed by MAC juniors Michaela Dick in second place in 5:56 and Elizabeth Webster in third place in 6:00.
Meanwhile, the recent Mickleden Straddle Fell Race was postponed and is expected to be re-scheduled to take place in April.