Good turnout for hill race

Frank Golden. Photo contributed.

Frank Golden. Photo contributed.

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BUXTON Athletic Club recorded a good turnout at the Cloud 9 hill race, held out of Congleton last Sunday.

From a field of over 400 runners, Buxton’s finishers in the testing nine-mile event were: Simon Harden (71st), Don O’Brien (99th), Mark Pursell (121st), Mark Halsey (131st), Roland Meylan (158th), Pete Bailey (168th) and Dave Forshaw (302nd).

Pete Bailey, Dave Forshaw, Mark Pursell, Mark Halsey and Roly  'Meylan. Photo contributed.

Pete Bailey, Dave Forshaw, Mark Pursell, Mark Halsey and Roly 'Meylan. Photo contributed.

l Buxton AC members took part in one of the toughest running events in the UK, the 42-mile long High Peak Marathon, which starts at Edale and includes Lose Hill, Win Hill, Derwent Edges, Bleaklow, Mill Hill and Kinder Scout.

This year’s event was particularly challenging due to dense fog affecting the visibility. Four Buxton members took part, in separate teams: Mark Cudahy and Darran Hawkins’ team came home in a time of 12 hours and 21 minutes, while Simon Moorhouse and Rob White’s team finished in 12 hours and 48 minutes.

l Back on the roads, and over a much less daunting distance of five kilometres, three Buxton members travelled to Chesterfield to take part in the ‘Not a Walk in the Park’ event, which was won by a former Buxton Carnival five-mile champion, Carl Thackeray.

Buxton’s Frank Golden was 33rd in a time of 21:10. For the ladies, Sheila Bradley finished 42nd in 22:35 and was the first over-50 finisher, while Bev Golden came home in 51st place in 23:52 and was the third over-35 finisher.