Brilliant brothers take Tunnels And Trails race by storm

READY FOR THE OFF -- runners at the start for the Tunnels And Trails Charity 10K.
READY FOR THE OFF -- runners at the start for the Tunnels And Trails Charity 10K.

The Unsworth brothers took pride of place when Matlock Athletic Club runners distinguished themselves in the annual Tunnels And Trails Charity 10k event.

For while Eddie Unsworth took first place in the 2.6k fun run, beating 55 rivals, brother Charlie was third. Clubmates William Flitter, Chloe Spencer and her brother Will also took part.

Organised by Wirksworth Running Club, the evening event took place in ideal running conditions after light rain had cooled the muggy temepartures of the day. The main 10k race attracted 94 entrants, including a large contingent from Matlock AC, headed by Alan Pickering, who was fifth in a time of 39.15 minutes and the first male veteran over-50 home, Finn Page, who was eighth in 39.59, and Ed Hoon, who finished ninth in 40.22.

Toby Gill (40.42) was 11th, competing in his first 10k, while another set of brothers, Jacob (42.51) and Oscar Cousins (47.10), were further down the field.

Two evenings later, Pickering was in fine form again, finishing eighth in the third Wedding Belle 5 race, organised by Ripley Running Club. He clocked 32.00, ahead of teammates Anthony Marchington (14th, 33.03), Martin Lea (22nd, 35.15) and Jim Thorneycroft (23rd, 35.20).

Five Matlock AC runners tackled a tough and challenging course in the Chrome Hill Fell Race, starting from Hollinsclough School, last Saturday. With plenty of bogs and a slippery limestone ridge to negotiate, first home was Peter Wilmot in 40.24, followed by Dennis Holmes (40.41), Mick Moorhouse (41.35), Clive Russell (48.16) and Jan Forrester (50.06). The race was won by a former Matlock member, Ed Tresidder, in 31.50.

Also last Saturday, Matlock AC runners went on their travels, including Jule Goodwin, who had another go at one of the extreme mud challenges she enjoys so much. This one was the Water Wipeout at the National Water Sports Centre in Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, where she conquered two laps of 50 obstacles that included climbing, crawling, running, swimming and going down rapids, as well as ploughing through mud!

Meanwhile, determined youngsters Joseph and Alex Currie made the journey to Seathwaite in the Lake District for the Turner Uphill event, which was the final round of the Fell Runners Association’s English Junior Championships

Alex ran a fantastic race in the U8s’ section, finishing ninth in a field of 37, while Joseph was an amazing third, of 56, to give him a bronze medal in the U12s’ race, a testing uphill-only contest run in heavy rain and mist.

Joseph commented: “Although it was hard work, up rough and steep ground, it was my kind of race. When I saw the finish funnel appear through the mist, I just knew I had to push for it. The sprint for a place made it all worthwhile.”

Not far from Seathwaite was Matlock’s Colin Davenport, tackling The Wall race, which is a 69-mile ultra-marathon that loosely follows the path of Hadrian’s Wall from Carlisle to Gateshead. In a massive field of 434 runners, Davenport finished an excellent third in a time of ten hours, 23.05 minutes.

Two Matlock AC performances of note last Sunday came from Gavin Simmons, who was a brilliant ninth of 417 competitors in the Blenheim Palace Triathlon in Oxfordshire, and Steve Holt, who was 52nd of 183 finishers in the Edgworth Reservoir 10k on the hilly terrain of the West Pennine Moors, Lancashire. Simmons attributed his success to wife Jakki, who is his training coach.