Matlock AC juniors take part in British XC races

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Runners from Matlock AC took on the British Athletics Inter-Counties Cross Country Championship on Saturday.

The Cross Challenge offers five cross country fixtures across the country, culminating in the series final at Prestwold Hall, in Loughborough.

It gives athletes the opportunity to match themselves against established XC stars with competitive fields in varying age groups. It also incorporated the IAAF World XC Championships and junior trials. The winner of the 12k Men’s race was Andy Vernon of Aldershot Farnham & District AC and the winner of the 8k Ladies’ race was Jess Judd of Chelmsford.

MAC’s Joseph Currie was seventh in the U13s 3k Boys’ race in 12.06, Elsbeth Grant and Lizzie Webster took part in the U15s 4k Girls’ race, Elsbeth finishing sixth in 15.50. Christine Howard took part in the Senior Ladies’ race and finished in 39.52.

Also on Saturday it was the monthly Whitworth Thread and a turnout again of 121 runners.

Elsewhere, MACs Mike Blair won the monthly Whitworth Thread with a PB of 17.32 from a field of 121 runners. Hayley Gill won the ladies, also with a PB, of 20.50.

A total of £122 was raised for Parkinsons UK, charity chosen by Dan Ashcroft.

Also on Saturday Simon Brister took part in the 5k park run at Fell Foot south of Windermere in the Lakes. He is just getting back to running after six months lay off due to injury so was pleased to record 21.56 and first place MV65+.

The annual 21-mile Grindleford Gallop took place on Saturday in ideal running conditions. The course takes in 3,000ft of ascent and takes in the villages of Grindleford, Froggatt, Eyam, Great Longstone, Edensor and Baslow linking them together with paths, tracks and open moorland of the White Peak.

First was Steve Franklin in 2.28.25 and first lady was Caroline Brock in 2.54.25. For MAC Rupert Holden was 18th in 2.42.49, Simon Croft was 45th in 3.02.21, Martin Lea 110th in 3.25.49, Greg Woodward 172nd in 3.42.52, David Clough 184gth in 3.46.08, Mark Pollak 235th 3.58.08. There were 401 runners

Roseanna Shanna recorded a PB at the Silverstone Half Marathon on Sunday, finishing in 1.43.19 on the Strava.

Whilst Dennis Belbin finished the Llanelli Half Marathon, the majority of which is ran across the millennium coastal path, in 1.41, having tired after mile ten.