Sizeable field brave torrid conditions for latest 5k run

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Despite the unfavourable weather conditions, the latest Pavilion Gardens 5K race held last weekend attracted a big field of 78 competitors.

Crossing the line first, despite a backdrop of sleet and torrential rain, was Pennine’s Nat Winfield in 18 minutes and 2 seconds.

Close behind was Jason Brunnock (18.16), while Jason Bennett was first Buxton AC runner home, achieving third place thanks to a time of 18.39.

Buxton’s Jo Bednall was the first female home with a personal best of 21.43, whilst 12-year-old Elliot Meylan led the junior males home in 19.28 (fifth overall in the race), with 10-year-old Heather Wilshaw finishing as first junior female in 26.04.

Elsewhere, club members travelled to north Wales last weekend, to compete in the Twin Piers 10K race which follows the coast from Llandudno to Colwyn Bay.

Rob White led the team home, finishing in a fantastic third place in a field of 338 runners thanks to a finishing time of 33.53.

Following him were: Sheila Bradley (second female over-55) in 45.58, Gayle Johnson (third female over-35) with 46.57, Steve Radcliffe (50.09), Jim Bradley (53.13), Hayley Errington (59.36) and Suzy Turner (64.03).

Other recent results for club members include Angela Bent’s first female over-60 in the ‘Hangover 5-mile’ race at Wirksworth in 47.24.

Angela’s husband Chris was also the first male over-60 in the Sheffield Open Cross Country 10K to cap a memorable few days for the duo.

Juniors Elliot Meylan and Will Tighe recently competed in the 5K at the Cross Country.

The pair impressed as they finished fifth and eighth respectively in the under-13s category.

At the Bolsover 10K, Jason Bennett recorded a time of 38.06, Angela Bent 50.40, Martin Willey 54.02 and Chris Bent race-walked the event in 67.51.