A finger-numbing morning made the always stern test that is the Clowne half marathon even tougher this year.
Pride of place at the club went to Matlock’s Tessa Brough and Mark Jackson in beating their times from Worksop on what most would agree is a much harder 13.1 miles. They are now both close to breaking the two hour barrier.
And Charlie Whittaker made short work of his target time of 1-45 in his first half marathon as he glided around to an impressive debut at the distance in 1-43.
The race also saw the return after injury of Dennis Belbin and Dan Ashcroft and they both had commendable runs, this is never an easy circiut on which to make a racing return.
This race also doubles up as the county half marathon championship, and the absence of the Matlock’s defending County Champion Colin Davenport left the way open for a new title holder.
It was a memorable morning for a few second claim MAC runners from Ripley RC too as Dennis Holmes produced another strong sub 1-32 run, while Esther Broughton and Cathy Cresswell claim silver and bronze medals.
The second claim influence didn’t end there as Rupert Holden ran a fine race to finish in his draught board Ravens top for 27th position, hotly pursued by an impressive sub 1-30 Matlock trio of Craig Allen, Scott Thompson and Peter Wilmot
520 - Tessa Brough 2hr 3m 46secs; 518 - Mark Jackson 2hr 3m 41secs; 233 - Dennis Belbin 1hr 44m 57secs. 202 - Charlie Whittaker 1hr 43m 14secs; 154 - Dan Ashcroft 1hr 40m 8secs; 133 - Andy Hall 1hr 38m 38secs; 86 - Jim Thorneycroft 1hr 33m 54secs; 42 - Peter Wilmot 1hr 28m 30secs; 39 - Scott Thompson 1hr 27m. 28secs; 38 - Craig Allen 1hr 27m 14secs.
Also on Sunday, Thurleigh Airfield was the setting for the Bedford Autodrome Duathlon race 2.
This duathlon included the excitement of a mass start for the sprint (5k run, 20k bike, 5k run) and the standard (10k run, 40k bike, 5k run) distances.
It was -3d egrees when the race started at 8am and didn’t seem to warm up, even when the sun eventually broke through.
So even though a fantastic smooth tarmac fast surface for some great racing, the cold made the race demanding.
The winner was Andrew Cracknell of Dacorum & Tring AC in 1.58.59 and first lady was Gill Fullen of Bedford Harriers in 2.09.18.
For Matlock Jan Forrester finished in first LV60 place and seventh lady overall in a time of 2.37.45 in the Standard event.
Some of the Matlock youngsters were luckier and took part in the Quadkids event indoors on Sunday.
Nottingham Athletics Network (nottsaaa.org) held a junior athletics meeting at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
In the Quadkids event there were three MACs competing: Olivia Allen (Year 5 girls), Oscar Atkinson (Y5 boys) and Joseph Currie (Y7 boys).
All athletes did a ‘Howler’ javelin throw, 75m race, long jump and 600 m race, gaining points in a decathlon-style scoring system.
The top three in each category were awarded their shields at the event, with Oscar taking second place in his category.
In a very closely fought match Joseph took first in his category, finishing equal on points with the second placed boy and only gaining top spot for the number of first positions in the individual events.