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Easter Monday 18th April 2022. Race start 9.30am


 Final 2022 results now available for viewing on the MAC Webscorer page


Matlock Athletic Club in conjunction with Peak Rail are pleased to announce the renewal 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. 

This event is also a MAC charity fundraiser. Three local charities benefitted from the surplus of last years race income, the ever wonderful MAC volunteers choosing Ashgate Hospicecare, Peak District Mountain Resce Organisation and Matlock Community First Responsers to each receive donations in excess of £500.


How to enter

The entry system is a two step process with intial registrations being accepted on our Webscorer event page -
We are trying a slightly different approach to the entry system this year, and your registration through this page is the first of a two part sequence. If you are successful in registering, your place will be secured until the official entry goes live on Friday 4th March 2022. At this point you will have received an email via Webscorer providing you with the password to access the Bookitzone entry page and complete your registration with payment of the race entry fee. You will have 72 hours to action this, after which time any regsitrations still unconfirmed will be offered to those on the waiting list.
We are planning on selling the supporters train tickets for next years race direct, and you will also receive a password to access that booking form to intially reserve upto 2 seats. Registrations are welcome from Matlock AC members on the agreement a volunteer (friend or family member) is provided to assist with marshaling duties.


Course Details

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.

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. 

 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.  

The course details can be viewed by clicking here


Supporters train tickets
Supporters train 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.


Peak Rail 7 - Runner versus Steam race details:
  • Date: Easter Monday 18th April 2021. Race start 09.30am
  • Race Distance: 7 miles
  • Minumum Age: 16 on race day
  • Entry Fee: £15 UKA affiliated/£17 non-affiliated + online booking fee
  • Race Limit: 250 
  • Refunds & transfers - Unfortunately due to the small size of the race no refunds or deferrals will be available unless in the event of a cancellation of the event Transfers allowed up to 10th April 2022


Previous results:



2020 - Race postponed




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Report and Results for the Ian Milne White Peak Marathon, 'Swift Half' Marathon and 'Down in a Shot' 10k

Isn't there a tradition in sport in which excellence is recognsed through allowing three times successive winners the right to retain a trophy in perpetuity?
That’s Huntingdon's AC Ty Farrers claim now as he stormed to win the full marathon race today following his earlier pre-Covid victories in 2018 & 2019. And it's also good to see he's kept up the training over lockdown as he finishes over 5 minutes quicker than his previous times. In the ladies marathon race, the impressive Ieva Klavina made it a Huntingdon AC double triumph, and a special mention to Kevin Uzzell of Stone Marathon Masters in choosing our race to complete his 75th marathon in his 75th year.

In the 'Swift Haf ' Marathon, it was Kimberley and District Strider Michael Perry who led the way to take the win, and what a performance from Kate Wright of Stratford upon Avon AC in finishing 7th overall to take the win in the ladies race.
What a motivating story our inaugural 'Down in a Shot' 10K produced with the overall race winner, and the winner of the ladies race, both being V60+ runners!!!! Massive admiration and huge respect go to Peter Thompson from Cambridge & Coleridge AC and Jayne Dale of Beverley AC

Many congratulations to everyone who ran today and much acclaim to the prize winners. Matlock Athletic Club wish to thank you all, your supporters and our amazing volunteers for your support and we hope to see you all in 2023,

White Peak Festival of Running 21/05/2022

After a very long and frustrating three year wait, the long distance classic Ian Milne White Peak Marathon returns this Saturday on the Tisssington and High Peak trails. It forms part of our White Peak Festival of Running which also includes the hugely popular 'Swift Half' marathon and the new ultra fast 'Down in a Shot' 10k. We wish to thank the entrants for their patience and support through all the Covid enforced postponements during the last 24 months.

 All three races commence at 11.00am, and the registration desks open at 08.00am for collection of race numbers and prepaid T shirts . We have messaged all entrants with race instructions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have not received your email. Click HERE to view the full start list



Peak Rail 7 Final Results

Many thanks to all the  volunteers, runners and supporters who combined to produce another successful and enjoyable Peak Rail 7 race on Easter Monday morning. Congratulations to the winning Derrby AC pairing of Alex Pilcher and Abbey Van Dijk who set new course records for the fastest overall and ladies times. Full results on the MAC Webscorer page

Two MAC Features in Fell Runner Magazine

Its a MAC Attack!
Two great features in Fell Runner magazine. A great article by Jan Forrester about MAC, it’s Fell race involvement and some history of the club. While Billy Cartwright is thoroughly interviewed by Neil Talbott. Both fantastic reads!
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Events - December '21 & January '22

 9th DecemberHathersage Night Race (7pm, Pre-Entry, Fell) 

 11th DecemberWhitworth Thread 5k Santa Run (9am, Park) 

 12th DecemberLitton Christmas Cracker (11am, Pre-Entry, Fell) 

                      • Category: BM
                      • Website:
                      • Distance: 12.2 km / 7.6 miles
                      • Climb: 360 m / 1181 ft
                      • Venue: Litton Village Hall, SK17 8QX

 12th December - Bolsover 10K (9.30am, Pre-Entry, Road)

 15th December - Dave Denton Mid Week Race (7pm/7.20pm, Road)

 25th December - Christmas Day Park Runs (9.00am, Park)

 26th DecemberTotley Two Turtle Doves (11am, Enter on Day, Fell) 

                      • Category: BS
                      • Website:
                      • Distance: 7.8 km / 4.6 miles
                      • Climb: 250 m / 820 ft
                      • Venue: Totley AC Pavillion, S17 3AZ

 26th December - MAC Beetroot Race (MAC Members Only - but can bring a guest, Fell) 

                        • Start at High Peak Junction (meet at car park) – no marshals, no signs just pick a route to the trig point and back.  Juniors can do this but they’ll need to be capable of navigating – but there will be a simple race up to the top of Sheep Pasture Incline and back.

 27th December - Dave Denton Queen's Head Race (Time TBC, Road)

 31st December - Wormstones (11am, Fell - Fancy Dress optional)


 01st January - New Year's Day Park Runs (9.00am, Park)

 01st January - Dave Denton Hangover Race (Time TBC, Road)

 01st January - Holly Bush Inn New Year's Day Fun Run (10am, Road & Field)

                      • Adults & Juniors - Enter on the day - bottle of Thornbridge beer for each runner aged 18 or over
                      • Distance: 2.25 miles
                      • Venue: Holly Bush Inn, Holly Bush Lane, Makeney, Belper, D56 0RX

 08th January - Derbyshire XC Championships (Pre-Entry, XC)

 12th January - Dave Denton Mid Week Race (7pm/7.20pm, Road)

 16th January - BDL XC Bramcote (11am, MAC Vest, XC)

                      • Distance: Approximately 5 miles
                      • Venue: Bramcote Park


Cross Country Guide 2021/22

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Events November 2021

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Events October 2021

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Annual General Meeting - Thursday 4 November 2021 at 7.30pm at The Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale.

Annual General Meeting

The Matlock Athletic Club AGM will be held on Thursday 4 November 2021 at 7.30pm at The Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale.

The meeting should last about 1.5 hours. Please do make an effort to attend – it is your Club.

Election of Officers – If you wish to stand for ANY of the Committee posts, please let us know by 24th October. A number of existing officers (including the secretary and treasurer) have indicated that they are willing to continue in their roles if re-elected.

If you have any matters you wish to put forward for consideration as Agenda items, please also let us know by 24th October. Please submit your interest or agenda items by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In particular, we are keen to encourage more ladies to join the committee in an executive role, to ensure that the membership is reflected by those managing the club.

A copy of the Accounts is available on request and copies will be presented online at the AGM.

MAC's English Fell Running Championship Champs 2021!

MAC are proud to introduce our new English Fell Running Championship Champs 2021!


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