Matt Darnley's Web Site: Running

As well as being an Astrophysicist I am a very keen runner. I used to be a sprinter (and sprint jumper) and have slowly morphed myself into a middle-long distance runner. Prior to 2018, I ran mainly on treadmills, I had completed the Great North Run twice (2008 and 2013) and the Great Manchester Run every year since 2012. During that time I was suffering from perpetual injuries, particularly to calf muscles. Late in 2017 I took part in my first parkrun at Bramhall Park and that changed everything! Since then I run almost exclusively outdoors and have started racing! At the beginning of 2019 I joined my local running club Bramhall Runners. After many years 'putting it off', I ran my first Marathon in April 2019! My current Run Britain ranking.

Personal Records

Distance
Personal Best
2017
2018
2019
2020
parkrun
00:18:12 (15/06/2019) 00:22:21 (26/08)
00:19:11 (17/11)
00:18:12 (15/06) 00:18:19 (08/20)
5K
00:17:48 (15/08/2020)
00:22:43 (28/05)
00:19:16 (07/10) 00:18:12 (15/06)
00:17:48 (15/08)
10K
00:36:32 (24/11/2019)
00:45:19 (28/05)
00:39:17 (25/11) 00:36:32 (24/11)
00:37:44 (27/09)
10M
01:02:48 (15/12/2019)
N/A
N/A
01:02:48 (15/12)
N/A
Half Marathon
01:22:56 (16/02/2020) N/A
01:28:59 (14/10) 01:23:33 (17/02)
01:22:56 (16/02)
20M
02:13:56 (8/03/2020)
N/A
N/A
02:25:58 (10/03) 02:13:56 (08/03)
Marathon
03:09:32 (07/04/2019)
N/A
N/A
03:09:32 (07/04) 03:31:38 (30/10)

Races

2021

Race
Date
Distance
Time
Place
Category
Notes
Run Tatton 10K
Sat 6th Feb
10K



Entered (Deferred from 2020)
Blackpool Festival of Running Marathon
Sun 25th Apr
Marathon



Entered (Deferred from 2020)
Great Manchester Run
Sun 23rd May
10K



Entered (Deferred from 2020)
Alderley Edge 10K Sun 6th June
10K



Entered (Deferred from 2020)
Quarry Bank Trail Race Wed 4th Aug 4.5M


Entered (Deferred from 2020)
Manchester Marathon Sun 10th Oct
Marathon



Entered (Deferred from 2020)
Wilmslow Festive 10K Sun 28th Nov 10K



Entered (Deferred from 2020)


2020

Race
Date
Distance
Time
Place
Category
Notes
Stockport Trail Half Marathon
Sun 16th Feb
Half Marathon
01:22:56
8
1 (V40)
PB; Club Cat Record; Cat Winner
Irwell Valley 20 Miler
Sun 8th Mar
20 miles
02:13:56
8
2 (V40)
PB; Cat Winner
TRIBE Run Free Virtual Half Marathon
Sun 24th May
Half Marathon (Time Trial) 01:26:12
4
4 (M)

Crazy Legs Events Virtual Mob Match Round 1
20th-28th Jun
5K (Time Trial) 00:18:07
73
11 (V40)
PB
England Athletics Virtual 5K Road Championships
11th-13th Jul
5K (Time Trial) 00:18:08
451
66 (V40)

Crazy Legs Events Virtual Mob Match Round 2
4th-12th Jul
5K (Time Trial) 00:18:08
81
8 (V40)

Crazy Legs Events Virtual Mob Match Round 3
18th-26th Jul
5K (Time Trial) 00:18:24
108
16 (V40)

Darley Moor August 5km
Sat 15th Aug
5K (Time Trial) 00:17:48
6
1 (V40)
PB; Club Cat Record; Cat Winner
Virtual Great Manchester Run
Sat 5th Sep
10K (Time Trial)
00:37:44
N/A
N/A
SB
Virtual Manchester Marathon
Fri 30th Oct
Marathon (Time Trial)
03:31:38
N/A
N/A
SB
Virtual Wilmslow Festive 10K
Thu 10th Dec
10K (Time Trial)
00:38:34
TBC
TBC

2019

Race Date
Distance
Time
Place
Category
Notes
Stockport Trail Half Marathon
Sun 17th Feb
Half Marathon
01:23:33
12
4 (V40)
PB; Club Cat Record
Irwell Valley 20 Miler
Sun 10th Mar
20 miles
02:25:58
20
4 (V40) PB
ASICS Manchester Marathon
Sun 7th Apr
Marathon
03:09:32
1137
215 (V40)
PB
Great Manchester Run
Sun 19th May
10K
00:37:52
158
4 (V40)
PB
Alderley Edge 10K
Sun 7th Jul
10K
00:37:14
37
7 (V40)
PB; Club Cat Record
Wizard 5
Tue 9th Jul
5 miles
00:31:01
12
2 (V40)
Cat Winner; Club Run
Bramhall Runners Foodbank #3
Wed 21st Aug
5.5K
00:21:53
7
2 (V40)

City of Salford 10K
Sun 8th Sep
10K
00:36:58
43
7 (V40)
PB; Club Cat Record
Wiggle Manchester Half Marathon
Sun 13th Oct
Half Marathon
01:24:10
274
42 (V40)
Course Best
Wilmslow Festive 10K
Sun 24th Nov
10K
00:36:32
104
19 (V40)
PB; Club Cat Record; Club Run
Stockport 10
Sun 15th Dec
10 miles
01:02:48
41
5 (V40)
PB; Club Cat Record

2018

Race
Date
Distance
Time
Place
Category
Notes
Great Manchester Run
Sun 20th May
10K
00:44:12
425
64 (V35)
Course Best
UKFast City of Salford 10K
Sun 9th Sep
10K
00:40:38
92
62 (Sen)
PB
A6MARR 5K
Sun 7th Oct
5.4K
00:20:56
19
13 (Sen)
(5K PB)
Manchester Half Marathon
Sun 14th Oct
Half Marathon
01:28:59
470
88 (V35)
PB
Wilmslow Festive 10K
Sun 25th Nov
10K
00:39:17
174
33 (V40)
PB

Pre-2018

Race
Date
Distance
Time
Place
Category
Notes
Great Manchester Run
Sun 28th May 2017
10K
00:45:19
1019
148 (V35)
Course Best
Great Manchester Run
Sun 16th May 2016
10K
01:54:46
13914
1408 (V35)
Calf tear at 3K
Great Manchester Run
Sun 10th May 2015
10K
00:47:41
2514


Great Manchester Run
Sun 18th May 2014
10K
00:48:15
2637


Great North Run
Sun 15th Sep 2013
Half Marathon
01:52:19
9904


Great Manchester Run
Sun 26th May 2013
10K
00:48:29
3503


Great Manchester Run
Sun 20th May 2012
10K
00:46:05
2657

Course Best
Great North Run
Sun 5th Oct 2008
Half Marathon
01:45:07
4463

PB
Great Manchester Run
Sun 20th May 2007
10K
01:05:56


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