Report from John Brennan, Race Director of the newly named Ian Milne White Peak Marathon and Swift Half held on Saturday, in memory of much respected, long-standing MAC Club member who died on 4th May.

From early on, it was looking as though the weather was going to provide an additional challenge for the participants of this year's races and so it proved, with several competitors suffering from the effects of the heat. Luckily, there were no serious issues and the majority of the field were able to sweat it out and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the High Peak Trail towards Cromford Meadows. Initial post event comments included:

  • I just wanted to say thank you for putting on such a great friendly event
  • Special thanks to everyone who helped at the water stations along the way they were so friendly and encouraging
  • What a fantastic route and stunning scenery. I will be back next year hopefully
  • Thanks again for an excellent event - amazing course and organisation and a really lovely atmosphere

The winner of the Half Marathon was Greg Hopkinson of Beeston AC in 1:16:25 followed shortly by Richard Spooner in 1:17:06 and his Barnsley Harriers team mate, Alan Ford, in third place with a time of 1:18:22. First lady (in 26th place overall) was MAC's very own Hayley Gill in 1:33:35. Adelle Marsden of Kimberworth Striders in 1:33:41 and Helen Morley of Belper Harriers in 1:35:32 completed the top three. There were 292 starters in this year's half marathon and also representing MAC were:

Ricky Wood 1:22:14
David Unsworth 1:28:55
Jack Cummins 1:40:46
Shelley Fairey 1:41:07
John Burch 1:53:23
Molly Gorman 2:08:56

The winner of the Marathon, by an impressive margin, was Ty Farrer of Huntingdon AC in 2:42:27. MAC's Zak Hodgkinson had a great run to secure second place and just sneak under the three hour mark in 2:58:37 followed by Geoffrey Beetham of Barrow Runners in third place with a time of 3:04:20.

First lady and 14th overall was V50 runner Juliette Howard (unattached) with an excellent time of 3:22:11. Lucy Taylor of Ripley RC in 3:26:57 was second, followed by Rachel Burton of North Derbyshire RC in third, with a time of 3:27:46. There were 145 starters for the full marathon and also representing MAC were:

Alaina Bond 3:38:30
John Thorpe 3:38:30
Andy Mellor 3:48:04
Chris Hallas 3:55:43
Charlie Whittaker 3:56:19
David Clough 4:01:03

As usual, the event could not have taken place without the help and support of many people and Matlock Athletic Club would like to thank the following: Peak District National Park, Derbyshire County Council (Economy, Transport and Environment), “The Friends of Cromford Canal”, Keys Estates and Land Agents representative Gary Kirk BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV, Slacks Coaches, Jayne and her fantastic ambulance team of Peakmedicare, land tenant Robert Marshall and water bailiff John Pass. Car parking management (Total Parking Solutions), Mark Packard for use of the rugby club House and facilities, Karen Morley and her catering team, Dave Newton for providing the goody bags.

We would also like thank the volunteers of MAC and friends of MAC who marshalled the water stations, car park and provided event logistics as well as the course set-up team and last, but not least all of the runners who took part in the continuing success of the event.

 

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MAC Members' Senior and Junior XC

The Annual MAC Members' Senior and Junior XC will be held as usual at Darley Bridge. Parking at the Cricket Club on Monday 18th March. There will be laps to suit all age categories. This is instead of Monday evening training on this day.

 

MAC Members' Senior Presentation Evening

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Food, Drink, Prizes, Quiz!!
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SAVE THE DATE!!

 
 
 

UPDATE - Ian Milne White Peak Marathon & Swift Half

Entries opened early and are filling fast. Don't miss out on this scenic event and it is great value at only £25 affiliated and £27 if not. Entries accepted until lists are full or closing date 30th April. So far the entry lists include Ty Farrer, the winner of last year's marathon, an MBE, 2 Belgians, 1 Dutchman and 33 runners from Kingstone RC, Barnsley. Can your Club get more entries than that!?

Enter here-

http://www.fabian4.co.uk/default.aspx?EventID=2146

 
 
 

Events February/March 2019

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Help Required for Ian Milne White Peak Marathon Saturday 18 May

 

NOTE_MAC_MembersIMWPM.pdf

 

MAC Social Media Groups

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Report Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire XC Champs 2019, Wollaton Pk, Nottingham

Report on Derbshire/Nottinghamshire XC Champs 2019, Wollaton Pk, Nottingham

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Northern and English XC Champs 2019

Message from John Thorpe - Last reminder about anyone wanting to enter The Northern x country and National x country on the 26th Jan and 23rd Feb entries need to be done by Sunday 6th January!! You need to be First claim Mac, drop me a message on here or MAC members fb page if interested!! We have more juniors than seniors at the moment!!

Full details regarding the Northern and English XC Championships 2019 can be found here -

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MAC Christmas Closures, Training and Christmas Runs

Thursday 20th December - MAC Christmas Fancy Dress Pub Crawl Run.  Start 6.30 from Arc Leisure, Matlock.  Route here - http://www.matlockac.org.uk/index.php/schedule/486-autumn-winter-schedule-2018-19

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve - MAC run, walk, cycle round Carsington Water (approx 8.5 miles/14k).  Start 12 noon from Sheepwash Carpark

Wednesday 26th December Boxing Day - MAC Beetroot Run.  Meet at High Peak Junction Carpark at 10.00a.m.  Starts 10.30a.m. Junior GP - U12s to top of Sheep Pasture Incline and back.  U16s full route to Bolehill Trig point and back

Thursday 27th December - Xmas head torch run.  Curry afterwards. Route here - http://www.matlockac.org.uk/index.php/schedule/486-autumn-winter-schedule-2018-19

Monday 31st December - Arc Leisure closed.  No MAC training

Thursday 3rd January 2019 - Training at Arc as normal.

Saturday 5th January 2019 - Derbyshire XC Championships, Wollaton Pk, Nottingham

Also Karl Webster has organised some cross country training sessions for MAC seniors and juniors to help keep off the weight and to get ready for the XC champs!  Each session starts at 10.00a.m. and will last approximately one hour.

Friday 28th December - High Tor Grounds.  Meet at gate on High Tor Road, Starkholmes.  Don't park on High Tor Road though!

Sunday 30th December - Whitworth Park

Wednesday 2nd January - Cavendish Fields

 

 

 

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