Thorpe thunders home to lead the Matlock AC parkrun charge

John Thorpe, who led the Matlock Athletics Club parkrun charge.
John Thorpe, who led the Matlock Athletics Club parkrun charge.

In-form John Thorpe led the Matlock Athletics Club charge when the parkrun circuit took members to Markeaton Park in Derby on a misty but mild Saturday morning.

Thorpe finished sixth overall, out of 402 runners, and recorded another personal-best (PB) time, dipping under 19 minutes for the first time with 18.59.

Ted Phillips was the next Matlock competitor home in a time of 21.05 minutes, while Alison Pye was fifth lady, and 69th overall, in 23.03.

Lily Phillips was 15th lady, and 112th overall, in a time of 25.05, while Emma Phillips completed the excellent turnout by the Phillips family by finishing in 159th overall, as 23rd lady, in 27.11.

Meanwhile, over at the Boston parkrun in Lincolnshire, the club’s number one lady from the Booths Decorators Cross-Country League season, Jade Stone, continued her fantastic form by not only finishing as first lady but first overall too, recording a PB of 19 minutes.

Other notable individual performances during the week included Jan Forrester’s effort in the first duathlon of the season at Grafham Water in Huntingdon. In her first race in the veteran ladies’ 65-to-69-year-olds’ category, she tackled a 10k run, 40k bike ride and 5k run to finish 12th lady overall and first in her age group with respective times for the three legs of 55.42 minutes, one hour, 19.18 minutes and 30.22 minutes.

Father and daughter Mick and Lucy Kuszinski kept the company of some high-calibre runners in a midweek mile race at Derby. Mick came 46th in 7.09 minutes, while Lucy was only just behind in 7.11 minutes. They also tackled the event’s 5k race, finishing within a second of each other on 25.15.

The club’s senior grand prix reached its conclusion in the snow, mud and gales of Holmebrook Country Park in Chesterfield. Long-time leader Andy Sheldon topped the men’s rankings with 226 points from runner-up Peter Wilmot on 171 and third-placed Andy Mellor on 169.

The ladies’ competition was won by Andrea Atkinson, who scored 162 points to finish in front of runner-up Alison Pye on 150 and Jan Forrester on 136. The junior competition will conclude at the club’s annual cross-country race at Darley Bridge on Saturday, March 4.