WITH the Olympics and Paralympics, it’s little surprise that 2012 has been seen as one of the best years for sport in the UK.
And there has been plenty of highs and lows, thrills and spills on the local scene too. Reporter Jonathan Dodds takes a look back at some of the highlights that made the headlines in the Buxton Advertiser over the past 12 months.
Buxton ladies darts player Lorraine Farlam rounds off a successful 12 months on the BDO circuit by reaching the semi-finals of the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship; her title challenge is eventually ended by top seed Deta Hedman.
Another local lady enjoying sporting success in January is Sarah Lomas, who lifts the under-16 girls’ title in the National Trophy Cyclo-Cross Series.
In a last-ditch bid to avoid relegation from the Evo-Stik Premier Division, struggling Buxton FC appoint ex-Worksop boss Martin McIntosh to replace player-manager Scott Maxfield. His first game in charge sees the Bucks beat Mickleover Sports on penalties to reach the Derbyshire Senior Cup final.
But there was to be no all-High Peak final as New Mills lose their semi-final against a Derby County XI 4-1.
Also: Darts player Dean Winstanley makes a high-profile switch to the PDC circuit; Sheen men’s and ladies tug of war teams celebrate a gold-medal haul at the UK indoor championships.
Four wins in five matches under new boss McIntosh gives Buxton FC a fighting chance of Premier Division survival.
After 37 years, the once thriving Buxton Taverners Sunday Football League announces it is to fold at the end of the season.
Also: Mother and daughter darts players Lorraine Farlam and Josie Paterson receive England call-ups; more medal success, this time on the world stage, for Sheen.
Having secured their league status, Buxton FC lift the Derbyshire Cup for the second time in four seasons with a 1-0 win over Derby County at Chesterfield’s B2net Stadium, Mark Reed netting the vital goal.
There was a league and cup double for Cheshire League debutants Whaley Bridge, while Dove Holes lift the Derbyshire Divisional Cup North after beating Buxton Town on penalties.
Also: Buxton RUFC 1st XV secure promotion by finishing second in the Northern Division’s South Lancashire and Cheshire League Division Three; wet weather disrupts the start of the new cricket season.
Hope Valley wheelchair basketballer Maddie Thompson is picked to represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Paralympics.
Buxton swimmer Abbie Wood strikes gold in the Sainsbury’s School Games 2012.
Also: In Hope Valley League - Dove Holes crowned champions; Tideswell United promoted to Premier Division and lift Cliff Ellis Trophy; Dore Shield and Lawrence Cup wins for Buxton Town; Chinley win B Division.
Buxton Rugby Club hosts a successful National Outdoor Tug of War Championships, with success for Sheen men’s and ladies teams.
Previously unbeaten Disley Cricket Club suffer the embarrassment of being dismissed for just 22 in their Meller Braggins Cheshire League fixture at Chelford. Eight batsmen were out for ducks.
Members of Cavendish and Buxton & High Peak golf clubs featured in a Derbyshire Ladies team which secured the runner-up spot in a regional competition - their best result for 20 years.
Also: Buxton boxer Jon Pickering is crowned Derbyshire light middleweight champion; Harpur Hill Primary School’s talented sports stars reach a sixth county final; Derbyshire’s oldest golf club, Buxton & High Peak, celebrates its 125th anniversary.
Whaley Bridge gymnast Jennifer Pinches achieves her life’s goal of representing Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics.
Wicketkeeper Chris Durham, from Chapel-en-le-Frith, makes a successful debut for Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s first team.
Cup holders New Mills win a thriller against league leaders Dinting to reach the Bissenden Cup final. They will meet Hayfield in the final, who knocked out Hawk Green in the last four.
Also: Cavendish Gold Club’s George Bloor is selected for the England Schools team; Christian Iddon claims his first podium of the season in the British Supersport Championship.
Rugby Union side Hope Valley Hawks retain their 3v Sports Midlands Division Two title, beating neighbours North Derbyshire Chargers.
Junior golfer Jacob Bagshaw wins the Derbyshire Boys Championship, while there was also success for New Mills pairing Brenda Wheeldon and Joyce Hadfield in the Derbyshire Ladies’ County Golf Association Foursomes. Hayfield Cricket Club defeat holders New Mills to lift the Bissenden Cup.
Three of the area’s cyclists boosted Great Britain’s fantastic gold rush at the Paralympics. Chapel-en-le-Frith-born Anthony Kappes and Disley couple Sarah and Barney Storey all struck gold in London. Sarah won four golds to become Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian.
Hope Valley’s Maddie Thompson made her Paralympic debut as the youngest player on Great Britain women’s wheelchair basketball team.
Some of the world’s top cyclists, including Tour de France and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins, visit the Peak District during the Tour of Britain.
Derbyshire are crowned champions of the LV=County Championship Division Two. Dinting retain their Peak Sports Derbyshire & Cheshire League Division One title, while New Mills are crowned Division Three champions.
Also: Buxton swimmer Abbie Wood made it a hat-trick of wins at the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships; Olympic gymnast Jennifer Pinches retires from the sport; Burbage Crown Green Bowling Club are crowned county cup winners for a sixth time; Christian Iddon wins his first-ever British Supersport race outside of the British Isles.
New Mills AFC manager Ally Pickering leaves the club by mutual consent and is replaced by Roy Soule.
Buxton FC miss out on a place in the FA Cup First Round after losing 1-0 at higher-league Guiseley, having already beaten Quorn, Stamford, and Hednesford, the latter in a thrilling replay which went to extra time.
The Young Bucks, meanwhile, reach the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup, losing 2-1 to Matlock Town.
Also: More winning success for Christian Iddon at Silverstone; Derbyshire’s sporting talent honoured at sports awards.
Buxton Cycling Club storm to victory in the national Hill Climb Championships.
Battling Buxton FC reach the FA Carlsberg Trophy First Round for the first time in over 20 years and hold Blue Square Premier leaders Grimsby Town to a goalless draw on their own turf, but lose a tense replay 1-0 at the Silverlands. New Mills miss the chance to reach the national stages of the FA Trophy for the first time, losing 3-1 at Skelmersdale United.
Also: Sarah Storey nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year award; Whaley Bridge’s debut in the Derbyshire Senior Cup ends with a 2-1 defeat at Glossop North End; Buxton Hitmen announce speedway will return in 2013.
Glossop North End part company with boss Paul Colgan and appoint Paul Williams and Garry Brown as joint-managers.
Buxton boxer Adam Sircar secures the vacant Light Welterweight Derbyshire Challenge Belt with a career-best performance. There are big wins over high-flying Witton Albion and North Ferriby United for Buxton FC.
Also: Buxton Amateur Boxing Club host a successful first show of the season; Sheen tug of war club experience their best national championships since the 1970s.