Ben Beattie takes honours in third Buxton road race

Ben Beattie won the third consecutive Buxton Carnival Day Road Race.

The new four-mile route was as usual a hectic affair, setting off just ahead of the carnival procession, but organisers say it went off without a hitch.

No less than 170 runners enjoyed the warm conditions as they ran through the festive crowds. Notably, the throng along Spring Gardens and Burlington Road gave the athletes raucous support.

This year’s race had a poignant air with many runners commemorating the lives of two of the High Peak’s finest young men, Royal Marine Scottie Taylor and Buxton AC’s own Thomas Theyer.

Scottie’s family and friends were once again raising money for Help for Heroes and a host of yellow shirts represented the new Thomas Theyer Foundation, which has been set up to provide holiday lodges for disabled young people at the White Hall Centre.

Star billing went to Spiderman, aka Leo Dearden, who raised £247 for his run.

The men’s race this year was dominated by Beattie of Hallamshire Harriers in a time of 21 minutes and 24 seconds, with Diane McVey of Wilmslow RC claiming the ladies’ trophy in a new record time of 24 minutes and 24 seconds, taking over a minute of the old record.

First local junior home, and a magnificent third overall was Stockport AC’s Thomas Drabble in 22:31. Thomas was awarded the Thomas Theyer Memorial Trophy, kindly donated by Thomas’ parents Chris and Alan Theyer and proudly presented by his sister, Aimee. The junior male title went to Louis Forshaw-Perring who finished in a time of 24.55, in an excellent 17th position overall. Laura Hindle of Macclesfield Harriers was the first junior female home in a time of 32:43.

In the team events, the men’s prize was claimed by Buxton’s own Ben Light, Jason Bennett and Steve Watson, the Women’s prize going to Diane McVey, Louisa Harrison and Sally Gilliver of Wilmslow. Race director Peter Bailey said: “Buxton AC would like to thank University of Derby Halls, Anthony from Buxton Raceway, High Peak Borough Council and the Carnival Committee for their help in supporting the race, along with a fantastic army of volunteer marshals, without whom the event couldn’t have happened.”