Ben finishes as top Buxton AC runner in Championships

Buxton AC runner Ben Light.
Buxton AC runner Ben Light.

A busy couple of weeks’ racing has seen a strong turnout from Buxton AC runners on the roads, fells and cross country.

The club fielded teams in both the men’s and women’s races at the Northern Cross Country Championships held at Pontefract.

Out of 697 competitors in the men’s race, Ben Light was first home for the club in 223rd place.

He was followed by Richard Bouglas, Peter Bailey and Andrew Wearden.

Meanwhile Jo Bednall was first home in the women’s race, in 142nd position out of 342 competitors.

Sheila Bradley, Kate Ledin and Heather Fryer-Winder completed the women’s team, while Alfie Bailey represented the club in the junior men’s race, finishing in 66th place.

The popular Alsager five-mile road race saw nearly 900 runners compete, in spite of near freezing conditions.

15 Buxton AC runners took part, with eight of them recording personal bests for the distance.

Age group honours went to Sheila Bradley (first over-55) and Alfie Bailey (third under-20).

On the fells, the Kinder Trial proved even more challenging due to the snowy conditions.

The orienteering event, held out of Hayfield, covers approximately 11 miles, with a total ascent of 2,000 feet.

First home for the club, in 60th place, was Mark Halsey in a time of two hours and 16 minutes.

Two teams of three runners also competed the course; Beverley Golden, David Forshaw and Mark Babington (three hours and 11 minutes), and Jo Bednall, Aleks Kashefi and Bryan McKenna (three hours and 52 minutes).