Hallas’ run continues, Matlock represented in North Wales

Matlock Athletic Club's Scott Thompson crossing the line at the North Wales Half marathon
Matlock Athletic Club's Scott Thompson crossing the line at the North Wales Half marathon

Matlock Athletic Club’s Joe Hallas continued his run of impressive performances at the Trafford Athletic Club track open meeting last week.

The 15-year-old was up against some real quality opposition, with 15 heats of 800m races.

Hallas was the youngest in heat eight, and won his race in 2.09.70, just outside his personal best.

On Sunday, the North Wales Half Marathon Beach and Mountain Challenge took place, with a good representation of Matlock athletes.

The event was set betwixt the mountains and the sea near Conwy and attracted 376 runners.

It starts and finishes on the beach and crosses into the Snowdonia National Park along the way.

There was an early start on a coach from Ripley with runners and supporters from Ripley RC and MAC joining forces.

Very wet and cold conditions throughout the race made it seem more like an Autumn than a Summer event.

There was a mix of terrain –one1 mile of soft sand on the beach at Conwy, miles of flat road with spectacular views of the sea one side and mountains the other, albeit through the mist, ascending for 1.25 miles on the road, then a fell running section with views of Conwy Castle.

Following a great descent, there was flat road again for two miles before the very punishing one mile on the soft sand on the beach back to the finish.

There were celebrations at the Mulberry Bar afterwards, as Luke Beresford from Ripley RC took first place in 1.20.51, winning a £75 cheque and lots of goodies.

Craig Allen for MAC was ninth overall and seconnd MV35 in 1.29.56, followed by: Scott Thompson 1.33.22, Peter Wilmot 2nd MV45, 1.33.55, Martin Lea 1.41.37 and Jan Forrester 1st LV60 in 2.05.58.

The Holme Moss Fell Race, a 25.5km event, took place on 19th July.

It includes the ascent which was part of day twoof the Tour de France 2014, then known as Cote de Holme Moss.

It is a challenging race with checkpoints and cut off times.

The winner was Matthew Lalor of Barlick in 2.44.21 and first lady was Helen Berry of Holmfirth in 2.56.57.

For MAC Sarah Louise Fowler completed the event in 4.34.02.

There were 158 runners.

Matlock Athletic Club provides competition for runners of all ages and abilities.

Based at the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock with beautiful Derbyshire scenery on the doorstep, training nights are Mondays at 6pm and Thursdays at 6.30pm.

For more information on the club visit their website at http://www.matlockac.org.uk/