Excellent third-place finish for Sarah in 5k

Nigel Critchlow
Nigel Critchlow

BUXTON & District Athletic Club runner Sarah Nicholson displayed a promising return to form with an excellent third-place finish in the recent Chesterfield 5k race. Sarah was 20th overall in the race, and the first lady veteran, in a creditable time of 21:54.

On the fells, the recent Shining Tor race, from the Goyt Valley series, saw a number of Buxton AC members take part.

Sarah Nicholson

Sarah Nicholson

The race, over a distance of 5.9 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing, was won by Gwyn Bellamy, of Glossopdale, in a time of 43:42, closely followed by Buxton-based athlete Dave Aucott (44:09).

Buxton athletes were led home by Darren Hawkins (50:27), Rob White (53:14), Jon Sewell (54:13), Mark Halsey (57:02), Roland Meylan (60:02), Will Houghton (63:11), Annemarie Claye (65:04), Bill Alsop (68:38) and Sarah Guise (70:26).

The eighth race in the Staffordshire Moorlands Summer Series was held out of Wetton last week. One of the hilliest of the series, the race route takes in the tough Ecton Hill.

Buxton senior finishers were Sheila Bradley and Kirsty Forder, while siblings Jessica and Joseph Grindey competed in the junior event, finishing 12th and 14th respectively.

Club chairman Nigel Critchlow recently took part in the North West Triathlon Championships and came home strongly in ninth position in his age group, in a time of one hour and 13 minutes. The event was held at Boundary Park, near Holmes Chapel.