Zak stars in 10k Thread whilst there’s title joy for Joseph

Joseph Currie ran well to claim the U11 title at Wollaton Park.
Joseph Currie ran well to claim the U11 title at Wollaton Park.

Saturday saw the first run of the monthly Whitworth Thread 10k of 2015 in gusty conditions in Darley Dale.

For Matlock AC, Zak Hodgkinson (17.14) just managed to hold off Billy Cartwright (17.21) to come within nine seconds of the course record.

First woman back was MAC’s Christine Howard in 20.49 with Alison Pye taking second place in 22.13.

Also on Saturday, the North Midlands X Country League race was held at Wollaton Park, Nottingham.

Again the conditions were very windy and tough for the runners but Matlock’s Joseph Currie put in a fine run claiming the U11 award in this 2k race of 54 runners, his fourth place, in a time of 7.51, being enough to clinch the title in the fourth of the races.

In the U15 Boys 4.7k race, for MAC Joe Hallas came fourth in a time of 14.51 and Jacob Cousins 20th in 17.09.

In the Senior men 10k race John Hurley was 183rd in a field of 248 runners in a time of 49.23 representing MAC in the MV55 category.

Sunday was the fourth in a series of five cross country races in the Booths Decorators League (BDL) at Trent Meadows, Long Eaton.

Another set of stand-out performances from everyone in the Matlock team means they head to the final race at HolmebrookValley Park, Chesterfield in a great position with the men’s and ladies’ combined teams in second position but only in arrears to Heanor by a single point; whilst the men heroically hang on to a lead of a single point with dogged determination to stay ahead of Heanor.

Ian Philips did an immense job in securing his second consecutive runners-up spot to lead the team to second place on the day behind the winning Heanor RC team, followed by the super-fast Cartwright brothers Billy and Ben in sixth and ninth respectively.

Joe Hallas ran another stormer to bag 13th place and Alan Pickering finished 26th.

The sixth and seventh men’s counters are the ever impressive Karl Webster clocking in at 33rd and Ed Hoon in 43rd, whilst fellow jumior John Webster was 58th.

A thrilling ladies’ contest saw close racing action between team mates as Matlock finished fourth on the day. Christine Howard and Jade Stone were 97th and 98th overall (ninth and tenth ladies) with Nicky Dick in 116th amd Alison Pye 118th.

Chris Hallas in 52nd, Peter Wilmot in 62nd, Anthony Marchington in 76th, Simon Croft in 77th, Dennis Belbin in 90th, Mick Moorhouse in 91st, John Hurley in 120th, Nick Harrison in 122nd, Anthony Lesterin 148th, Neil Webster in 150th, Jonathon Mercer in 151st, Will Hoon in 162nd, Julia Buxton in 187th, Julie Goodwin in 197th, Andrea Priestley in 205th and Karen Morley in 207th can all take pride in their runs and making a great contribution to another successful Sunday for the club.

The runs of Anthony Marchington and Mick Moorhouse also claim them the age group wins.