Matlock runners are out in force

Runners at the start of the Lea Bunny Run
Runners at the start of the Lea Bunny Run

Runners turned out in force for the popular Tansley Hill Race including 24 Matlock Athletics Club members aiming for points in the club Grand Prix.

In a demanding 9.5k race containing large road sections and muddy off-road parts, the winner was Chris Patterson of Ashbourne RC in 26.45 and second and third respectively were MAC’s Ben Cartwright in 27.01 and Zak Hodgkinson 27.04.

For the ladies, Matlock’s Chris Howard was first in 32.11.

Full results and photos can be found at

In the 10.8k Castleton Fell Race on Friday, Matlock’s Ben Cartwright came home in sixth place in a time of 45.47.

In Sunday’s No Walk in the Park 5k at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield, Matlock AC’s Rob Allen came home 18th and third MV40-44 in 21.00. Toby Gill was second JM in 21.33 and Spencer Whittle finished in 23.90.

In the junior 1,500m fun run, Millie Davenport was 14th and brother Robbie 16th.

The weather was fine and sunny for the Lea Bunny Run (5k or 10k) on Sunday, raising funds for Lea Primary School.

Luke Beresford of Ripley RC was first in the 10k race with Matlock’s Karl Webster third and team-mate Elsbeth Grant the first lady.

Matlock’s John Webster was first in the 5k event with Toby Gill second. The club was also represented by Ed Hoon, Anthony Marchington and Steve Holt, with Spencer Whittle, Mick Kuszynksi and his daughter Lucy and Andy Lessiter with his son Rhys.

Full results can be found at

Also on Sunday was the Edale Fell Race of 7.6k, part of Edale Country Day.

For Matlock AC, Jan Forrester was second LV60 in 54.45.

Sunday saw the return of the Derby Ramathon Half Marathon after an absence of 18 years, starting and finishing in the scenic grounds of Elvaston Castle.

Matlock’s first runner home was Alan Pickering, 23rd overall in 1:22.11 which was a PB for the distance.

Simon Croft finished 79th in 1:31.35, ahead of Jim Thorneycroft in 1:35.53 to finish 108th overall.

The race was won in 1:08.59 by Derby AC’s Luke Gurney with Heanor’s Lisa Palmer first lady in 1:22.57 - with 2,500 participants taking part overall.

In the recent Wincle Trout Fell Race (9,5k), which coincided with the annual village fete, 340 runners were led home by Julian Goodwin in 42.12 with Matlock’s Mick Moorhouse finishing in 54.28.