BUXTON Athletic Club’s Jon Sewell had a brilliant run in the recent Brighton Marathon, establishing a personal best time of three hours, 23 minutes and 29 seconds to finish in 411th place, from a field of almost 9,000 runners.
At the much shorter distance of 5k, Sewell competed in the Bramhall Parkrun last Saturday and sped home in 20 minutes and 26 seconds, finishing 39th overall. Also competing in the race were: Sheila Bradley (12th Lady, first over-55), 23:50; Emma Havenhand (13th Lady), 23:54; and Jim Bradley (first in men’s over-65), 26:59.
Four Buxtonians travelled down to compete in the world-famous London Marathon. They were: Simon Moorhouse, 03:50:03; Ian Francis, 03:51:56; Sarah Guise, 04:04:25; and Mark Fitzgerald, 04:37:14.
On the fells, at the challenging Kinder Downfall 9.6-mile race which takes in 1,700 feet of climbing, Buxton’s ‘bog trotters’ were: Darran Hawkins, 97th (01:22:21); Andrew McMaster, 97th (01:33:33); Roland Meylan, 135th (01:38:05); Pete Bailey, 168th (01:43:04); Bill Alsop, 229th (01:51:16); and Dave Forshaw, 224th (01:54:38).
Former Buxton runner Rick Houghton, now representing Macclesfield Harriers, stormed home in sixth place, and was a member of the winning team.
Pete Bailey, adding to his growing fell running repertoire, also ran at the Herod Farm Fell Race recently, and over the three-mile course came home in 66th place in a time of 34:20.