Ben posts top-ten finish as Buxton AC plan Movember event

Sheila Bradley of Buxton AC.
Sheila Bradley of Buxton AC.
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Buxton AC runner Ben Light posted a top-ten finish last weekend as he continued his excellent recent form.

Light has recorded some impressive results in the last couple of months and he put in another good run at the very hilly Langley seven-mile road race last week.

From a field of over 300 athletes, Ben recorded a time of 42 minutes and 50 seconds, to finish in tenth position.

Also competing in the race was fellow Buxton AC runner Rachel Chatwin, whose time of 48.07 was enough to ensure she was second-fastest lady and first female over-40.

Supporting Ben and Rachel was Hayden Alcock (52.59) and Mark Halsey (53.48).

There was more success for the club last weekend when Sheila Bradley came up with the goods at the Lancaster half marathon.

Sheila won the ladies’ over-55 category thanks to a time of one hour, 43 minutes and 54 seconds - 172nd overall out of a 600-strong field.

Martin Willey took the over-70 club record from Jim Bradley by a mere two seconds, when he ran at the ‘No Walk in the Park 5K’ in Chesterfield.

Martin’s time of 24 minutes and 55 seconds was his second over-70 club record in as many weeks.

At the Flying Fox 10-mile road race in Stoke, Kevin Mottram returned to form and completed the course in one hour, 11 minutes and 56 seconds, while Emma Wentworth finished in 1.25.01.

At the New York City Marathon, running the distance for the first time, club member Matthew Webb finished the popular event in five hours, 39 minutes and 53 seconds.

At the Dovedale Dash, Bryan McKenna was the first senior male home (62nd overall) in 33.42.

The quickest female for the club came from the junior section as Helen Thornhill (159th) completed the course in a time of 36.02, closely followed by senior female Jo Bednall (164th) in 36.10.

There was success at the event for Buxton AC juniors (see page 59).

Meanwhile, Buxton AC’s next Pavilion Gardens 5K event will have an extra edge to it.

The latest installment of the club’s monthly race is being held in aid of ‘Movember’ - the charity whose aims are saving and improving the lives of men affected by cancer.

The event takes place this Saturday morning (November 8) and the day will also see cake stalls held, face-painting of moustaches, free wristbands and much more to help raise funds for the charity.

All abilities and ages are welcome to take part for this worthwhile cause.

• Buxton Athletic Club meet twice a week outside the Pavilion Gardens Swimming Pool.

Newcomers always welcome. For more details, please visit buxtonac.org.uk.