Buxton’s Rob gets personal best for GB

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Buxton AC member Rob White proudly donned an international vest and represented Great Britain at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyon, France last week.

White competed against 41 Vet 40 runners in the 8km Cross Country event, finishing 19th and shaving half a minute off his previous PB for the distance.

Last week also saw the return of the monthly Pavilion Gardens 5K race. The free event attracted 65 runners of all ages and abilities.

At the head of the race, Buxton AC completed a clean sweep, claiming the top three male and female positions.

Winner Ben Light, who had set a new 5K PB of 17.03 at Sale earlier in the week, produced another solid run, this time finishing in 17.25.

Bryan McKenna was second in 17.43, with Jason Brunnock completing the trio in 18.02.

Fran Bromley continued to impress, taking first place in the female race with a fine time of 19.21.

Fifteen-year-old Helen Thornhill had a strong run to finish in second place (20.00) and was followed by Rachel Chatwin in third place (20.16). She was also first female veteran home while first male veteran was Kevin Mottram in 20.01.

The junior race was dominated by Lucas Parker of Macclesfield Harriers (18.18) and Elliot Meylan of Buxton AC (18.51).

Back on the fells, Sol Clark won the 15.5-mile Half Tour of Bradwell, setting a new course record of one hour 58 minutes and 58 seconds.

Meanwhile Lucy Stephenson, competing in her first ultra event, completed the 32-mile Long Tour of Bradwell course in 8 hours and 52 minutes.

Earlier in the week Mark Quince had a strong run to finish 20th at the short Bradwell Fell Race.

Also on the fells, Rachel Chatwin finished in third place at the Parwich Panoramic Five, while Jason Bennett took a creditable ninth place at the Cracken Edge race, in a field of over 180 runners. In a similar size of field, Ben Light and Louis Forshaw-Perring impressed at the Sheldon race, with 12th and 14th place finishes respectively.

Last week also saw the conclusion of the Staffordshire Moorlands Summer Series, with the final race at Leek.

Fran Bromley again took second place, while first male finisher for the club was Kevin Mottram in 28th place.

Sheila Bradley was first Vet 55 finisher and was joint winner of her age group for the series.

Having already qualified for a place in the GB age group team, David Davidson, of High Peak Triathlon Club, was on the start line at the European Age Group Triathlon Championships in Geneva, Switzerland.

Each competitor swam 1500m in the Lac Leman.

The second leg consisted of a 40km bike ride before a run of 10k finishing at the lakeside.

By finishing in seventh position in his age group in a time of 2hrs 40 mins, David, of Great Longstone, managed to retain his top 10 placing in this annual European event.