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Matlock teen conquers Everest cycling challenge in tribute to friends

Matlock Cycling Club member Ewan Mackie, 15, conquered the Everest Challenge at High Peak Junction on Saturday, April 14, helping to raise more than £1,500 so far for Cardiac Risk in the Young and CLIC Sargent.

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GRAND NATIONAL: preview and top tips from our expert

It’s the day when millions of us are tempted into having a flutter. A bet down at the bookies or online, or a go on the sweepstake at work. Even Grandma has been known to splash out with her 50p each/way.

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Blaklion, fourth last year and ready to run a big race again.

GRAND NATIONAL: pinsticker’s guide to all the runners

Finding the winner of the Grand National is often likened to finding the numbers you need to land the National Lottery.

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REVEALED: the horse most likely to win the Grand National (statistically speaking!)

As punters saddle up for the return of the Grand National on Saturday, historical research into previous winners has unearthed the horse with the best chance of grabbing the £561,300 prize. And it’s VIRGILIO!

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VIDEO: Excitement builds ahead of Grand National

More than 600 million people worldwide are expected to view this Saturday’s Grand National.

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Last finishes first to make England history with women’s mountain biking gold

Bakewell’s Annie Last wheeled her way to Gold Coast Gold after winning the women’s mountain biking at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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New season closes in for Darley Moor Motor Cyle Road Race Club

New season closes in for Darley Moor Motor Cyle Road Race Club

Darley Moor Motor Cycle Road Race Club have been busy getting the circuit, near Ashbourne, (DE6 2ET), ready for Round one of the 2018 season this coming weekend.

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Some Matlock runners are faster than a train

Some Matlock runners are faster than a train

Kristian Watson and Ruth Keeley battled through the winter weather to take the honours racing a train in Matlock Athletic Club’s inaugural Peak Rail 7 Runner v Steam race on Easter Monday.

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Matlock runners test themselves in Peat Pit Woods Fell Race

Matlock AC runners competed in Dave Denton’s Peat Pit Woods Fell Race on Easter Sunday.

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No rustyness for Matlock RUFC as they cruise to win over Southwell

No rustyness for Matlock RUFC as they cruise to win over Southwell

Despite no competitive game since 27th February, Matlock showed no signs of rust as they breezed to a 32-3 win at Southwell.

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Saxon Warrior wins the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster for trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore.

HORSES TO FOLLOW REWIND: twenty 2yos from the 2017 Flat season

Cheltenham has just passed, and the Grand National Festival at Aintree is just around the corner. But already under way is the new Flat campaign, and the action will soon be cranking up a gear with Newmarket’s Craven meeting and Newbury’s Greenham meeting.

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Champion jockey Richard Johnson salutes the crowd after winning the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on Native River. (PHOTO BY: Mike Egerton/PAWire/PA Images)

Ten talking-points that defined the 2018 Cheltenham Festival

Hard to believe it’s over for another year, isn’t it? Hard to believe, after the long drawn-out prologue, that the four days flashed by so fast.

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Bakewell cyclist Annie Last.

Olympian Last set for her second Commonwealths

Bakewell’s Annie Last has been named among the 27 cyclists selected to represent Team England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Buveur D'Air wins the Champion Hurdle at last year's Cheltenham Festival. He is a short-priced favourite to land a repeat success.

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: eve-of-meeting selections for every race

If you haven’t booked the week off work, you’re reading the wrong column. This is a work-free zone. This is a Cheltenham Festival zone.

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Native River, third last year, is expected to go close again in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL: preview of the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup

I am old enough to remember the days when the Cheltenham Festival primarily revolved around the Champion Hurdle and the Gold Cup.

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International Women’s Day: Celebrating Derbyshire’s finest

It’s International Women’s Day, a great opportunity to celebrate women everywhere who make a difference to our lives.

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Buveur D'Air wins the Champion Hurdle at last year's Cheltenham Festival. He is a short-priced favourite to land a repeat success.

Cheltenham Festival fever is here again!

Not long now. Not long until you can banish your stresses and strains, park your family problems, put on hold your job worries and even forget about Brexit.

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Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies shows his affection for popular veteran The New One, who is back for his seventh Cheltenham Festival run.

COUNTDOWN TO CHELTENHAM: golden rules for a successful week of punting

The Beast From The East is doing its darnedest to spoil things. But the Beasts From The West, alias the battalions from the yards of Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott, will soon be on their way, and the Cheltenham Festival is almost ready to unleash a roar mightier than any Siberian blast of snow, wind and ice can muster.

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Matlock march on to book cup final date after beating old foes

Matlock march on to book cup final date after beating old foes

Matlock RFC booked a Derbyshire Cup final spot after a 45-29 victory over old foes Derby.

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One For Arthur back home after his Grand National triumph at Aintree last year. He is flanked by trainer Lucinda Russell, her partner, former champion jockey Peter Scudamore, and groom Jaimie Duff.

GRAND NATIONAL: ante-post shortlist of seven for Aintree’s great race

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it seems incongruous to start talking about the Grand National.

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