Matlock AC’s leading ladies in duel for Derby 10k honours

Matlock Athletics Club veteran Les Thurston is accompanied by youngster Caitlin McCloy at the Whitworth Thread.
Matlock Athletics Club veteran Les Thurston is accompanied by youngster Caitlin McCloy at the Whitworth Thread.

War, summer-like weather helped to produce some tremendous performances by Matlock Athletics Club runners at the annual Derby 10k race.

The main focus of attention was on the much-anticipated battle for supremacy in the ladies’ race, which featurfed teammates Jade Stone and Kelly Thorneycroft.

It was as exciting as expected as they duelled for the lead for most of the race, only to find Derby AC’s Valeska Wills a bit too quick for them in the closing stages. However, both were still happy with fantastic performances and personal-best (PB) times, which saw Thorneycroft get the nod for second in 37.09 minutes and Stone finish third in 37.11

The in-form John Thorpe also put in another strong performance to finish in a time of 40.37, while Hayley Gill raced round in a fabulous PB time of 41.19, sprinting clear of Jim Thorneycroft (41.23) in the final 600m.

Furher down the field, all three members of the Phillips family clocked PBs, with dad Ted finishing in 42.47, Lilly in 48.41 on her 10k debut and the improving Emma in 50.50.

Meanwhile the Matlock club was strongly represented at the monthly Whitworth Thread event, most notably by Colin Davenport, who broke the course record by fully nine seconds after clocking a time of 16.45. He was closely followed in the seniors’ race by Mike Blair in 17.04 and Simon Croft in 18.59.

For the ladies, Emma Machin had a good run to finish in 22.49 in the ladies’ over-40s’ category, while Andrea Priestley recorded 24.19. The race attracted 131 runners, and £136.37 was raised for charity.

Matlock’s juniors also performed well, including some younger members taking part in their first grand prix race. The U16s’ race was won by Bertie West in a time of 19.08, with Bertie Elphick in second after registering 20.03.

There were about 20 in the U12s’ field, with Jacob Rifkin leading the way in 21.23, followed by Alfie Clarke in 21.57 and Will Croft in 22.14.

For the girls, Olivia Allen was first, and indeed first lady too, in 22.22, followed by Harriet Limb in 23.53 and Caitlin McCloy, who was not far behind in 23.55.