Matlock AC runners impress at Thoresby Hall
Five Matlock AC runners were in action in the picturesque parkland of the Thoresby Hall estate on Sunday.
Two of those involved were there to take on the challenge of the 60k Longhorn Ultra, consisting of six 10km laps of mixed, undulating terrain on a beautiful spring day and with full COVID-friendly measures in place.
Carly Spear was competing in her first Ultra while Darren Spibey is a veteran of the long distances.
Despite Spear nearly being taken out by a local deer at one point, both runners were able to complete the 60k in one piece, Spibey in 26th place overall in 6hrs 19 minutes and Spear 30th overall and in 38.45.
Paddy Wright, meanwhile, returned to action by taking on just one of the 10k laps.
After some early jostling for position there was soon a breakaway lead pair and the race started to get stretched, with Wright sitting in behind the leader.
But a final sprint would only cut the lead to about 40 metres and so a solid second place overall and first senior male in a time of 38:45 would be settled for as a very successful first race back.
Amelia and Ellen Corke, two of the club’s most promising young athletes, arrived at midday to take on the 5k, another challenging undulating route taking in two laps of Thoresby Hall’s parkland.
Both were excited to be back out racing and amongst many other young athletes they both performed extremely well, with Amelia finishing second female and first in the U18 category in a time of 21:23 and Ellen coming in seventh female and fifth U18 in 24:56.