Medal for Mansfield’s Emily Collinge at World Mountain Running Championships

MACs Scott Thompson and son Sam with silver medal winner, Emily Collinge at the World Mountain Running champs.
MACs Scott Thompson and son Sam with silver medal winner, Emily Collinge at the World Mountain Running champs.

There were a medal for a Mansfield athlete at the World Mountain Running Championships in Betws-v-Coed, North Wales on Saturday.

In the women’s event, local runner Emily Collinge won a silver.

Mansfield Athletic Club’s Scott Thompson was in action in the Open Event, after the main races, and ran three laps of the 4.5k course, including 250m of ascent in each lap.

His son Sam even got a couple of laps in, picking up the fell running big early.

MAC contested the Annual Midland Counties Autumn Road Relays at Sutton Park, Sutton in Coldfield for the first time in many years and were represented by Craig Allen, Andy Lessiter, Matt Haywood, Peter Wilmot and Jim Thorneycroft who all performed excellently in a competition of the highest quality.

On 20th September the MAC contingent of Colin Davenport and Alan Pickering concentrated on getting themselves around the Asics Belfast Half Marathon. Davenport set off with a kamikaze race plan of running sub-75 pace for as long as possible, about seven miles it turned out, before dying a slow and dignified death to fall off the pace and finish 22nd in 1:17:18.

Pickering faired well, placing a sound 109th in 1:27:00.

The second Chesterfield Marathon and Half took place on Sunday with monies raised going to Kids n Cancer and other local charities.

The race starts and finishes in Queen’s Park.

In the marathon the winner was David Taylor in 2.55.11 and first lady Caroline Hemming of 100 Marathon Club in 3.15.58.

For MAC Catherine Pierce had a great run and was 77th in 4.16.35.

In the half marathon the winner was Nick Tulp of Les Croupiers RC in 1.17.50.

Two MACs put in great performances - Billy Cartwright was third in 1.20 and Finn Page sixth in 1.27.26.

First lady was Nicola Gleadall of Sheffield RC in 1.27.32.

After a misty start the third Calke Abbey 10k, near Ticknall was bathed in Autumnal sunshine.

The race starts and finishes in the beautiful grounds of Calke Abbey along a tree-lined private driveway.

There were 312 runners and the winner was Jack Hall of Barrow runners in 36.20 and first lady was Nicki Nealson of Huncote in 39.28.

For MAC Dan Ashcroft was 42nd in 46.49 and Jan Forrester 2nd LV and 7th lady in 50.37.

On Saturday 12th September the Nine Edges Endurance Race (32.8k/893m) took place.

This is a linear course starting from Ladybower reservoir to the Robin Hood PH near Baslow going over nine gritstone edges - Derwent Edge, Stanage, Burbage North, Burbage South, Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow Edge, Gardoms and Birchens.

The route is over rough moorland and along gritstone edges.

This is a fund raiser for the Edale Mountain rescue team.

The winning runner, David Palmer of Steel City Striders came in in a time of 2.32.24 and the first lady was Claire Oliffe of Dark Peak Fell Runners in 2.57.24.

For MAC Will Hoon completed this very tough event in 4.14.10.