Weekend round-up of Results

9 months 2 days ago #3184 by Jan Forrester
On Sunday it was the Don Morrison Memorial Edale Skyline Fell Race (34k/1,373m) which is also in the English Fell Running Championships. A notoriously tough race held on an unmarked course covering high and exposed fell terrain made more difficult in places after the recent snow, although the day was fine with good visibility. There are various checkpoints on the course and the route takes in Grindsbrook, Mam Tor, Back Tor, Lose Hill, Coffin Rock and Ringing Roger. The winner was Carl Bell of Keswick AC 2.37.13 and first lady was Victoria Wilkinson of Bingley Harriers & AC in 2.59.34. MACs Billy Cartwright had an amazing run to finish in 9th place in 2.46.48 ahead of some Internationally renowned fell runners. Bradley Stone 3.38.38, Ben Cartwright 3.42.43 and Geoff Cooper 4.12.36. There were 391 finishers.

The MAC Senior Prize Presentation and Social took place on Sunday 11th March at the Red Lion, Matlock Green. 40 members enjoyed the evening with a quiz and presentations for the winners of the Senior Grand Prix a series of 18 races of differing types and distance where the best 12 scores count. Kathryn Berrisford was the winner of the Ladies’ GP on 216 points, 2nd Hayley Gill on 138 and 3rd Katie Haywood on 118. In the Men’s GP Mike Blair was 1st on 240, John Thorpe 2nd on 218 and Bob Foreman 3rd on 189. This year’s GP kicks off with the MAC Club Cross Country at Darley Bridge in April.

Bob Foreman reports -
On Sunday morning, whilst proper fell runners did the Edale Skyline, Bob Foreman and Mark Jackson took on what they thought would be an easyish Wrekin Fell Race 5.5miles and 1,700 feet. How wrong they were. There was no flat running, just an out and back course with 3 ups which were steep and 3 downs which were hairy! Underfoot it was mud and leafmould in the woods and rocky tracks in the open.
The race was won by Paul Jones of Mercia in 40.51 and the first female was Sara Willhoit 15th in 46.31. Bob was 32nd in 51.22 and Mark 87th in 1.08.22.

On Saturday it was the monthly Whitworth Thread. After the recent snow the rain made for pretty miserable conditions this month but this did not deter a hardy 100 taking part. Richard Newsome from Kent turned up and equalled the course record of 16.45 with MACs Colin Davenport, who did not run today. MACs Hayley Gill was 1st lady in 21.00. Other notable MAC performances from Simon Brister( MV65) 20.46, James Briggs (U16) 20.50, Jacob Jones (U12) achieved a PB in 20.54, Andy Mellor 21.13 and Christian Keeping (U14) 21.38. MACs beginner running group, Sole Mates, were out in force as well as some new faces. £94.20 was donated for the charity Reverse Rett (the charity fighting the neurological disorder Rett Syndrome) nominated by Jeremy Brayshaw of Totley AC.

Also on Saturday the CAU (County Athletics Union) Cross Country Championships incorporating the British Athletics Cross Challenge took place at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough. There were races for Senior Men and Women and various age groups races for juniors too. Representing MAC in the U17s 5k girls’ race Elsbeth Grant 23.59. In the U15 4k girls’ race Lizzie Webster 21.43 and Michaela Dick 24.34.

On Saturday No Walk in the Park 5k, Queens Park, Chesterfield which was postponed last week due to the snow, took place. One MAC took part - Dan Ashcroft was 18th in a field of 63 in 22.35. The winner was Martin Dawson of N. Derbys. RC in 16.25 and 1st lady was Jessica Penney in 20.58.

John Brennan took on the Irwell Valley 20 miler in training for his Manchester Marathon challenge in April. The race is in Prestwich, Manchester and runs on trail paths with very little undulation. He finished in 2.47.49. The winner was Adam Gorski in 2.04.51. First lady was Chloe Elliott of Altrincham & District AC in 2.28.44. There were 287 finishers.

The Retford Half Marathon, Nottinghamshire took place on Sunday with 972 finishers. Many use this race as a warm-up for the Spring Marathons such as London. The weather was dry and fine. The winner was John Beattie in 1.09.00 and the first lady home was Julie Warner in 1.24.06. For MAC Rachel West, determined to dip under 2 hours, finished in 1.56.50.

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