Weekend round-up of Results


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MACs were out in force for the parkruns on Saturday 3rd February and at No Walk in the Park 5k and 1,500m fun run that it was a wet and cold morning. Simon Croft came home in sixth place overall in 19.03 and Dan Ashcroft's 21.23, was a sound 18th overall. For the ladies Jo Grant of Milltown Milers was 1st lady overall 21.41 and the improving Lisa Jones finished in 27.12. For MAC It was last Grand Prix race in the series and with the winners of the Men’s and Ladies’ competition already decided, maybe most MACs were happy not to contest for points. The winner was Chris Leach of N. Derbyshire RC in 18.00. 94 runners.
In the 1500m ‘fun’ race, a close encounter saw two MACs William Croft and Jacob Jones at the head of the field, this time seeing William just taking the first spot but both given the same time at 5.44. Logan Fairey finished 6th in an excellent 6.12. There were 24 runners.

Whilst at Staveley Junior 2k Parkrun on Sunday, racing again Logan Fairey came 3rd overall and 1st under 10 with a time of 8.57 followed by Thomas Walton in 10.26 who celebrated his birthday!

At the Bakewell 5k Parkrun on the Monsal Trail Karl Webster lead the MACs home in 9th place overall and 2nd MV454 in 18.50, Carl Dyke 12th in 19.09; Ian Watson 19.42, James Fox 20.27, all taking part in their first parkruns. Fergus Turner 1st JM10 in 22.51, Dad, Jason Turner 23.04, Matthew Foreman 1st JM11-14 in 23.05, Steve Goodall 23.42, Caitlin McCloy 1st JW10 in 25.28 and Mum Penny McCloy 26.28. The winner was Ben Light of Buxton AC in 17.43 and first lady was Rachel Mallichan in 19.25. There were 151 runners.

On Sunday it was the Mickleden Straddle Fell Race (23k/741m) from Langsett Barn, organised by Denby Dale AC. The race took place on a calm dry day and the recent deep snow had melted so not surprisingly it was very wet and boggy underfoot and not a day for course records. MAC Cartwright brothers Billy and Ben were once more well in the mix with Billy taking 2nd place in 1.48.42, Ben was 5th in 1.49.45. There were 194 runners. 1st place went to Steve Franklin of Totley AC in 1.46.14 and 1st lady Caitlin Rice of Ribble Valley Harriers in 2.02.06, who successfully defended her 2017 title.

Also on Sunday it was Race 1 in the 3rd edition of the Dark and White Spring Trail Series of 4 with a choice of a long route – 16.4k and a short route – 6.7k. This first race started at the Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale. For MAC John Thorpe was 12th in 1.15.58. Hayley Gill was 1st lady in 1.22.42, Shelley Fairey 1.33.49, Rosie Croft 1.43.38, Abigail Waterfall 1.49.40, Colin Davenport 2.023.48, Helen Emmerson 2.09.29, Joanne Nuttall 2.09.31, Laurie Croft 2.09.54, Michelle Lester 2.09.59, Emma Phillips 2.10.07, Sally Owen 2.12.19. 188 finishers.

Les Thurston reports on the 32nd Charnwood Hills FR starting at Anstey, Leics and taking in Bradgate, Broombriggs and Beacon Hills Country Parks -
"The race was 21.5k with 365 metres of climb. It was very hard work with a few firm paths but mostly thick mud and a cold and sunny day.
The winners were Tony Woodward (Darcy Fitness) 1-31-36 and Claire Fitzpatrick (West End Runners) 1-49-21. Les completed in 2-36-14."

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