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 Race Postponed from Easter Monday to Saturday 4th September 2021

 

Matlock Athletic Club in conjunction with Peak Rail are pleased to announce the return of the popular Peak Rail 7, a race in which runners are challenged to beat the steam hauled heritage rail service from Peak Rail Rowsley South station to Matlock Riverside station and back,  The special Peak Rail 7 service train will again be reserved solely for runners supporters and will follow the 56 minute Peak Rail Rowsley/Matlock/Rowsley schedule which includes stops in both directions at Darley Dale station together with a longer stop at the halfway point in Matlock Riverside station. The scenic 7 mile course will see the runners racing on the White Peak Loop extension of the Monsal Trail, which runs from Rowsley to Matlock The close proximity of the Peak Rail track to the trail will give supporters on the train a number of photograph opportunities and be able to cheer support as they pass. The course is almost exclusively off-road apart from a small section heading in to Matlock. and provides excellent walking and cycling opportunities for supporters who wish to be more active in following the race

The course details can be viewed by clicking here

 
The entry fees are £13 UKA affiliated/£15 unattached plus online booking fee. There is a limit of 250 runners so be sure to enter early to secure your place. All runners will receive a unique race memento, and a generous prize list will be on offer for male and female 1,2,3 overall along with male & female V40, 50 & 60+ categories plus 'Team versus Steam prizes. It is online entry only which opens when the following link goes live at 18.00 on 6th December 2019 through Bookitzone: 

Peak Rail 7 Entry

Supporters train tickets are discounted  to £7.50 for adults, £5.50 for senior citizens & £3.50 for U16. The train has a capacity of 230 passengers and demand may exceed supply so train tickets need to be reserved in advance stating your ticket types to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., after securing your place in the event. Requests will initially be limited to 2 per runner. All rail tickets will require to be paid for on the morning of the race when race numbers are collected. The tickets will be valid for all day travel on Peak Rail, and runners can travel free later in the day on production of  their race number. Peak Rail scheduled services between Rowsley and Matlock commence at 11.00am on Easter Monday and run throughout the day. For those in need of post-race refuelling Peak Rail offer a buffet  service on board their scheduled services, and other food and refreshments can be purchased from the Northwood Buffet at Rowsley South station where there is also ample free car parking. 

 

Please note that securing a race entry does not guarantee seats on the train as we only have 230 tickets to distribute. Requests for tain tickets should only be made after you have received confirmation of your race entry through Bookitzone

 

Minimum age is 16 on race day, and please note that in order to keep the race adjacent to the rail line for much of the route there will be 3 flights of steps that have to be negotiated (2 up, 1 down) so unfortunately the course is unsuitable for wheelchairs users. We are grateful to Derbyshire County Council and the Pedal Peak project for granting us access on to the trail and we advise all competitors that we will be sharing the trail with the other runners, cyclists and walkers and request you show courtesy and good manners at all times. 
 
Peak Rail 7 - Runner versus Steam race details:
Date : Easter Monday 5th April 2021, race commences 9.30am
Race Distance: 7 miles
Minumum Age: 16 on race day
Entry Fee: £13 UKA affiliated/£15 non-affiliated + online booking fee
Race Limit: 250 

Refunds & transfers: Unfortunately due to the small size of the race no refunds will be available unless in the event of a cancellation of the event Transfers allowed up to 01/04/2021

Supporters Train Tickets: By request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Initial applications limited to 2 per runner and payable on collection of your race number on race day
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BDL Race Shipley Park CC

The BDL returns on Tuesday 3rd August at 7:00 pm. This will be a one-off race on the regular summer league course starting at Shipley Hall cricket club, hosted by Heanor RC. As it stands the prize giving for the 2019/20 winter league may take place afterwards, but we shall wait and see on that front. The race HQ is at Shipley Hall pavilion (The Field, Shipley, Country Park, Heanor, DE75 7JH) and parking is available in a field near the venue – please adhere to any parking instructions that the marshals provide, and do consider car sharing / cycling if at all possible.
 
For runners new to the club, entry to BDL league races is free. The only real stipulations in place are:
  • Club colours have to be worn (i.e. Matlock AC vest / t-shirt)
  • You have to be a paid up member of your club on the day of the race (UKA affiliation is not required, however)
  • You need to be over the age of 14 on the day of the race.
There is no requirement to register for each race - just turn up at the start line in time for the gun. At the finish line you will be handed a metal disc indicating your finishing position. After you have recovered sufficiently this disc should be handed to your club representative (usually me) who will record your name, date of birth and disc number. All of the individual clubs finishing positions and times are then collated and the results published within a few days - the BDL prides itself on a slower pace of life!

Matlock Tri 2021 Cancelled

MATLOCK TRI 2021
Unfortunately the Matlock Triathlon is cancelled for 2021. Despite the relaxation of many restrictions, there remain a number of concerns around how we could organise the event safely, in particular given the indoor start, and uncertainties around what COVID-secure arrangements might be required in future weeks that could scupper the event, or impact the enjoyment of those taking part.
We are hoping for happier times around the corner, and the Tri back in 2022.

Events July 2021

Here are some events for July 2021

EventsJuly2021.pdf

MAC Members' Annual Club XC 2021

Message from Karl Webster re the MAC Members’ Club Cross Country

It was unfortunate back in March that we were unable to hold our club’s annual cross country championships, but now we’re allowed to do things like that again we’ll be holding it on Monday evening, 28 June at 6.30pm.As in 2020, we are again honoured with being able to use the grounds of Stancliffe Hall, Whitworth Road, Darley Dale, DE4 2HJ. Something will be in place to guide you to the parking area when you get there and please be respectful of the gardens around the hall.We will all start together but the number of laps you do will depend on your age on the day. Each lap will be a mile and a bit (the bit being undefined at the moment, but we’ll work that out when setting out the course) and will be tough with a good variety of terrain. It will be suitable for spikes, although traction won’t be a problem at this time of year.

Over 16 – 3 laps

Over 12 – 2 laps

Under 12 – 1 lap

Guests will be at the hall that evening so we’re unable to hang around for long afterwards, but we’ll aim to do a finish line presentation.Please don’t arrive before 5.45pm but be ready to start racing at 6.30 please.

Events June 2021

Here are some events for June 2021.

NOTE - the Hairy Helmet Relay is now on 9th July not 11th June

EventsJune20211.pdf

New Training Sessions 20th May 2021

Message from Andy Mellor, Chairman

Thank you to everyone who has voted in our poll for how to run training sessions in the future.  It is clear that there are number of members that favour each option – meeting at the Arc as before and the local group runs.

So in the spirit of compromise, the Committee would like to suggest a hybrid approach and we suggest that we trial this initially but keep it under review, so please continue to feedback your thoughts to any committee member.

Thursday 20th May is the first run following the move to step 3 of the Government roadmap, and it would be nice to take the opportunity to congregate at the Arc as we did in the good old days for a MACnificent reunion. Ironically a small number of MACs won’t be present as they are participating in the ‘Chase The Sun’ runs in Leicester.

Our plan is to alternate between an Arc-based group run; a mass away run (over summer, eg around Rowsley, Carsington, Cromford etc); another Arc-based run; and then local group runs. The local group runs will be similar to our current arrangements, but without the limit of six on runners.  We traditionally finish off the evening away runs at a local hostelry.

One of the reasons that the current groups have worked so well is probably that runners have found groups that suit their preferred distance and pace. We are committed to ensuring that Thursday runs are accessible and fun, so although we will congregate together, we want to be able to send out 4 groups (including one group that offers a shorter distance) so that no one feels put off or out of their depth. We need a regular stream of volunteers who are happy to know the route, and to lead a group at an appropriate pace. We’ve had plenty of people willing to lead groups of six over recent months, so don’t be shy – please keep volunteering to head up a group.

Some Events for May 2021

Here are some Events for May 2021

EventsMay2021.pdf

Events April/May 2021

Here are a few Events for April/May 2021 currently scheduled to go ahead.  Hopefully, more events will take place as time goes on and Covid restrictions ease further

EventsAprMay2021.pdf

Resumption of Club Training

Club training resumes on Monday 29th March with the return of our tried and tested socially distanced groups of 6 meeting in varying locations.We kick off with the usual Monday evening speed sessions followed a few days later with the traditional first 'away' run of BST  around Chatsworth Park on Thursday 1st April. All club members are welcome to participate, but you will need to book a place in one of the groups in advance. Further details o how to join a group can be found in the members Facebook page, or contact a committee member if you are uanble to access this platform

Club Subs 2021/22

The club annual subscriptions and optional EA affiliation for 2021/22 are due by 1st April 2021, details on how to renew can be found in the Club Membership Subs page under the  'MAC Members' tab. 

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