Lessiter and Currie shine for Matlock Athletic Club

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Matlock Athletic Club member Andy Lessiter finished 21st in the 5,000m race in the latest round of the Derby Midweek Races at Alvaston and Boulton CC.

The race was packed with a quality field of 81 runners and was eventually won Loughborough Students’ Chris Perham in 15.12.

On Saturday it was number four and the final race in the North Mids Cross Country League Series at Wollaton Park, Nottingham.

On a cold day with difficult running conditions due to cloying mud, Matlock’s Joseph Currie put in a fine display in the U13 Boys race to finish in sixth place, which gained him third overall in the U13 Boys category in the series.

On Saturday Matlock’s Nicky Dick attended a conference in Paris, in her capacity as age group director of British Triathlon.

The conference was hosted by the French Triathlon Federation, which celebrates the ‘unsung heroes’ who make the sports happen and, in particular, the age group racing community of the GB team. There were representatives from 33 Federations present from all over Europe.

Even further across the world, MACs Billy Cartwright took part in the Columbia Trail Masters Race in Chonburi, Thailand, where he gained second place.

On Sunday, Simon Brister was the lone MAC member at the Midland Masters AC Cross Country Champs at Aldersley Park, Wolverhampton.

He retained his MV65 title in a time of 27.03 for the 6k, which was particularly tough due to the very soggy, muddy conditions underfoot.

On Sunday 10th January the Trigger Fell Race took place. This starts At Marsden CC and runners navigate their way through five checkpoints to Edale taking in three Trigs including Kinder Low.

The linear route is measured at 20 miles with 4,500 ft of climb. All profits go to Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team. There were 201 runners.

For MAC Richard Bradbury was 43rd in 4.39.48.

The winner was Nicholas Barber, of Pennine Hill Runners, in 3.40.16 and first lady Nicky Spinks of Dark Peak FR in 4.17.51.