Showground hosts Matlock AC’s BDL race

Matlock AC Round-up

Sunday saw Matlock AC host their first Booths Decorators League cross-country race (7.5k) at Bakewell Showground.

Ian Philips made his BDL debut and gave the eventual winner Stuart King of Heanor RC (25.44) a close race all the way round, finishing in a time of 26.13.

Colin Davenport (26.58) and Zak Hodgkinson (27.15) came home in fifth and sixth places and Joe Hallas was in ninth place and first junior male.

The rest of the top seven MAC team comprised another BDL debutante John Webster with a fine run to claim second junior in 30th place along with Alan Pickering in 34th and Andy Lessiter in 38th.

The ladies team was led home again by Jade Stone in 75th place (33.00) with Alson Pye in 101st and Nicky Dick in 135th again providing excellent support.

The men’s team result was close as MAC finished second to Heanor by the slim margin of nine points but set another new record men’s score recording 124 points.

The ladies finished third to give MAC a combined team result of joint second.

Overall Matlock are leading the men’s competition by two points with two races to go and are second and fighting for top spot in the ladies and combined team competitions.

Another good number of age category wins came from Anthony Marchington, Simon Brister, Mick Moorhouse and Cive Russell along with a healthy showing by Simon Croft, Chris Hallas, Ed Hoon, Peter Wilmot, Rob Allen, Will Hoon, Julia Buxton, Helen Brunt, Andrea Priestley and Julie Goodwin in their age groups.

The Nottingham Off Road Duathlon took place on Saturday with a 5k run, 16k bike and 2.5k run.

Matlock AC’s Christine Howard was third lady in 1:37.49, fresh from a recent adventure challenge in Ecuador.

Nicky Dick, racing for High Peak, was seventh lady in 1:43.09.

On Sunday, the Peak Raid 3 - round three of four at Totley - saw score orienteers take a maximum of three hours to complete on tough terrain.

The winner was Richard Robinson and first lady Karen Poole. MAC’s Richard Bradbury was seventh overall out of 100 competitors.