Five wins for Buxton athletes at Derwent River Relays

READY FOR THE OFF -- most of the runners in the Buxton AC squad that took part in the Derwent River Relays,
READY FOR THE OFF -- most of the runners in the Buxton AC squad that took part in the Derwent River Relays,

No fewer than five first places were celebrated by Buxton and District Athletic Club after they fielded a powerful squad of runners in the Derwent River Relays.

A total of 36 Buxton members travelled to Belper for the popular annual, event, which is staged by Belper Harriers.

Eight teams, each consisting of four athletes, sported the Buxton vests, and four of the teams returned home with top prizes.

Leo Dearden, David Fryer-Winder, Elliot Meylan and Luke Mamczur won the junior male prize, and Heather Fryer-Winder, Emma Wentworth, Kate Ledin and Sheila Bradley collected the supervet female team award.

Not to be outdone, the men came away with two well-deserved trophies too. Terry Fowler, Paul Light, Steve Watson and Andy Lidstone won the supervet category, while the senior male class was won by Jonathan Sewell, Rob White, Jason Bennett and Richard Bouglas.

Several Buxton juniors also took part in the fun run at the event, with sisters Lauren and Heather Wilshaw taking first and second place respectively. Clem Newbould was fourth, with brother Seth making an impressive debut.

Elswehere, producing her usual good form, Jo Bednall was the first lady veteran over-50 home in the Hope Wakes Fell Race in a time of 59.45 minutes. She was ably supported by fellow club members Mark Quince, Nick Jones and Elizabeth Nocton.

Meanwhile the Staffordshire Moorlands Summer Series continues apace and, in the sixth of ten races, held around the beautiful Rudyard Lake, former Buxton AC junior Thomas Drabble ran strongly to claim first place overall.

Drabble now runs for Stockport Harriers, but Buxton still had a good turnout, with Richard Bouglas first home in 33.43 minutes, ahead of Kev mottram (35.42), David Fryer-Winder (36.50), Jen Johnson (38.55), Sheila Bradley (39.12), Heather Fryer-Winder (42.45), Annabelle Mottram (45.56) and Wendy Bainbridge (46.06). Bradley was the first female veteran over-55 to finish.

Congratulations must go to Mel Babington, who became the first athlete to represent Buxton AC at the scenic Hadrian’s Wall half-Marathon. Babington completed the run in two hours, eight minutes and 30 seconds.

Jonathan Sewell was the lone Buxton runner at the Colshaw Hall Knutsford 10k, finishing 20th overall in 40.27. And on a hot and sultry evening for the Berryhill 10K, Buxton’s Kev Mottram took 30th place in a field of 130 runners, clocking 46.16.

This Saturday sees the Carnival Race taking place in Buxton, with the next Pavilion Gardens 5K event on Saturday 8th August.