330 runners, including TV soap star, compete in 34th Buxton half marathon

Runners at the start line for the Buxton Half Marathon 2015.
Runners at the start line for the Buxton Half Marathon 2015.
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Last Sunday saw the 34th edition of the Buxton half marathon, sponsored by Lomas Distribution, take place.

On a drizzly morning 330 runners completed the 13.1-mile circuit, a vast increase in numbers over the 250 runners who took part the previous year.

Celebrity Tony Audenshaw, who stars in Emmerdale, in action at the Buxton Half Marathon 2015.

Celebrity Tony Audenshaw, who stars in Emmerdale, in action at the Buxton Half Marathon 2015.

The hilly route, which opens with a long climb up the Leek Road before taking runners across to Buxton Raceway and Earl Sterndale, is widely regarded as one of the toughest half marathons in the country.

The race was won by Blackburn Harriers’ Ben Fish, in a time of one hour 12 minutes and 48 seconds.

Ben was over five minutes clear of the rest of the field at the finish, producing a winning time which was four minutes quicker than last year’s winner.

Winner of the female race was Deborah Thomas of Trentham R.C and she also shaved four minutes off last year’s winning time.

Deborah Thomas, who finished as fastest female at the Buxton Half Marathon 2015

Deborah Thomas, who finished as fastest female at the Buxton Half Marathon 2015

Second male was Chris Oddy from Leeds in 1.17.55, while second female was triathlete Jacqui Slack in 1.32.42 (Newcastle Triathlon club).

In third place were Chris Patterson in 1.18.39 and Christine Howard in 1.36.35 (Matlock AC) respectively.

Buxton AC were among the prizes, with their first finisher Sol Clark claiming the 10th place prize in a time of 1.22.59.

Jason Bennett claimed the Vet-45 prize with his time of 1.24.19 (15th place overall).

The Women’s team prize was awarded to Buxton AC’s team of Amy Wadsworth (1.49.00), Kate Ledin (1.50.24) and Jen Johnson (1.51.13).

Three Buxton AC runners chose this tough course as their first half marathon.

17-year olds George Smedley-Castle and Leo Dearden completed the course in 1.31.13 and 2.00.13 respectively, while Caroline Braddock finished in a time of 2.05.30.

The club would like to acknowledge the support of its sponsor Lomas Distribution and also Nestle for providing the drinking water.

Buxton’s free Pavilion Gardens 5K event will take place at 9am on Saturday, June 13, starting from the Broad Walk.