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Captain Colin takes on mountainous challenge

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Matlock Athletics Club captain Colin Davenport took on Italy’s Gran Trail Orobie to raise money for Meadow View Community Care Centre in Darley Dale.

Davenport was pushed to his limits during the energy-sapping 44 miles and 14,000ft climb which involved mountain running through the Alps within a time limit of 24 hours.

A total of 1,022 runners took part in the race, classed at mountain level eight, and 142 retired as well as 880 finished.

The winner was Luca Carrara of Italy in eight hours, 40 minutes and 52 seconds. Davenport did brilliantly to finish in 161st place in just over 13 hours.

He said: “My lack of specific mountain running meant that I got put to the sword somewhat. Large sections of the course were on narrow, rocky single-track, with precipitous drops to the side which for a shaky descender made for slow and steady progress.

“The fact that it was 25 degrees at the start and got hotter would usually be added to my list of excuses, but given the summer we have had in England, I probably need to shelve that one for this year.”

He took on the challenge after a valued member of the athletics club, Anthony Marchington, was disgnosed with early onset dementia and requires full time care at Meadow View Community Care Centre.

Meadow View is a 32-bedded care home providing long-term care for people with dementia as well as short-term and rehabilitation care. The care centre seeks to enhance the lives of people by providing stimulating resources.

It is hoped that money raised by the run can be used to provide appropriate exercise equipment or fund visiting exercise instructors. Anyone wishing to contribute to the fundraising can do so here - www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mac-anthony.

Matlock AC runners will be running the 27 miles of the Limestone Way between Castleton and Matlock on Saturday 11th August to raise even more funds for the centre.

Elsewhere, it was the Stoney Middleton Fell Race (8.5k/200m) on a hot Thursday evening, which formed part of Wakes Week’s celebrations. Harry Holmes of Wirksworth RC won it in 32.53 and Fran Cummins was first lady in 41.53. MAC Geoff Cooper 43.43.

Meanwhile, Mark Chimley finished the Holme Moss Fell Race (28.5k/1,315m) starting in Holmfirth in 4.19.32. The route takes in Cartworth Moor to Crowden and back. The winner was Karl Gray of Calder Valley Fell Runners in 2:33.42 and first lady (seventh overall) was Helen Berry of Holmfirth Harriers 2.58.39.

On 28th July, it was the last Alfreton Community 5k three-lap parkrun. Matt Baker was first in 21.54 and for MAC, junior Logan Fairey had a great result taking one-and-half minutes from his last race time and finishing in third place overall in 23.51. Brother Heath and sister Merryn-Rose did one lap each.