Matlock Athletics Club duo Barrable and Thompson take 10K handicap race wins

Tony Barrable and Elle Thompson after the 10k age-graded handicap race
Tony Barrable and Elle Thompson after the 10k age-graded handicap race

It was the calm before the storm on Thursday for the fifth race in the Matlock Athletics Club’s Members’ Age Graded 10k handicap.

Thirty-two MACs took advantage of the good weather conditions in a race which started at Arc Leisure and went through Hall Leys Park to the Pav, Matlock Bath and back again.

Elle Thompson (48.28) made her first appearance in the Handicap, claiming the Ladies’ MAC cap this month with Tony Barrable again claiming top spot for the Men in the Age Graded Competition in 41.06 with an age performance grading of 83.62% - a new record in the event.

The fastest time of the night was from Simon Fisher 36.12 and for the Ladies’ Louise Rowley 46.55. Other MACs taking part in order of age-graded performance – Mick Moorhouse, Andy Hodkin, Oliver Lloyd, John Birch, Les Thurston, Oliver Brocklehurst, Dennis Belbin, Greg Woodward, Steve Goodall, Mark Pollak, Simon Flitter, Jason Turner, Ellie Salomoni, Sally Owen, Gavin Simmons, Tom Woodhouse, Gary Jones, Lisa Jones, James Fox, Charlie Whittaker, John Hopkinson, Jack Cummins, Tom Withers, Mike Lloyd, Charlotte Derbyshire, Matt Govan and Emma Fitzgerald.

It was the Winter Half Tour of Bradwell FR (27k/1,060m) on Saturday and a few MACs were in the running. 1st MAC home Derek Chetwin 11th place in 2.49.59. Mark Elwis 2.53.36, Andrew Watson 3.00.55. 1st Josh Williams 2.17.57 and 1st lady Sarah Pritchard, Steel City Striders RC 2.59.44. 159 finishers.

On Saturday it was the monthly Whitworth Thread 5k. Loads of MACs had good runs at the Whitworth Thread 5k on Saturday with Nick Gant first MAC home in 6th place 20.03. Other notable runs from Charlie Ross 1st U14, Steve Goodall 2nd MV50, John Birch 1st MV60. The winner was Mike Blair in 17.07 and 1st lady and 1st U14 Freya Lester 20.49.

Over at the Bakewell Parkrun 5k on the Monsal Trail Oliver Lloyd was 1st MAC and 1st JM15-17 in 10th place 19.16, David Curtis 25.03, Mike Lloyd 25.04, Jo Lloyd 26.49. 1st lady Carla Brown, Cambridge & Coleridge AC in 18.53.  211 runners.

Storm Ciara hit on Sunday and although the Doctor’s Gate Fell Race  (20.5k/860m) in Glossop started as planned the weather conditions led to the event being abandoned for safety reasons.