Double delight for Matlock Athletics Club runners on White Peak courses

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Members of Matlock Athletic Club celebrated a double delight at the White Peak Marathon and Half Marathon.

MAC competitors combined for team victory in both the full and the half races in a highly competitive field on Saturday.

The half marathon course started on the High Peak Trail at Findern and finished at the rugby club at Cromford Meadows.

Matt Blair secured second place in the half marathon in a time of 1:16:33 and Ricky Wood third in 1:21:17.

The winning time was 1:13:41, which was ran by East London Runners’ Patrick Brown, two minutes and 52 seconds clear of Blair.

Derby AC’s Leonie Shipley was first lady back in a time of 1:25:28 for 10th place overall; ahead of second and third ladies Sarah Burrell (1:28:55) and Joanne Bolton (1:31:32).

Also, representing MAC in this year’s half were John Thorpe 01:25:53; Simon Flitter 01:30:58; Antony Lester 01:31:02; Ozzy Unsworth (V40) 01:33:39; Jason Turner (V40) 01:35:41; Jon Burch (V40) 01:45:42; Abi Waterfall 01:46:41.

There were 306 competitors in total in the half.

The full marathon started at Ashbourne on the Tissington Trail and finished at the rugby club at Cromford Meadows.

There were some impressive times were achieved with winner Stockport Harrier James Scott-Buccleuch recording 2:43:33.

He was followed by James Thompson of Kingstone Runners Barnsley in a time of 2:48:32 for second and Martyn James of Porter Valley Plodders in 2:50:40 for third.

First lady was Rachael Lawrance from Macclesfield Harriers in 3:21:43 (19th overall), followed by Ripley’s Lucy Taylor in 3:22:02 and Belper’s Helen Morley in 3:31:50.

And representing MAC in the full marathon were: Chris Hallas (V50) 03:22:59; Charlie Whittaker 03:27:39; Christine Howard (V40) 03:38:27; Andy Mellor (V40) 03:41:03; Kathryn Berrisford (V40) 03:45:27.

A total of 162 runners finished the full marathon, meaning 468 competitors overall took part in either this year’s half or the full marathon.

Race director Andy Lessiter said: “The weather for the start could not have been better. But the predicted rain arrived ‘on-time’ at midday and continued on and off throughout the rest of the afternoon.

“However, this didn’t dampen the spirits of the competitors who rose to the challenge of competing in what has been described as one the most beautiful courses and best value running events in the country.”