Mark and James both taste victory in local contests

Buxton Athletic Club runner Mark Pursell. Photo contributed.
Buxton Athletic Club runner Mark Pursell. Photo contributed.
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A brace of Buxton AC runners tasted success at local races over the weekend.

Mark Pursell was the victor at the 26-mile Baslow Boot Bash in a time of four hours, 18 minutes.

Fellow team member James Wells was also first home in last Saturday’s Congleton Parkrun in 18 minutes, 28 seconds.

Also at Congleton, Richard Bouglas claimed a third-placed finish after posting a time of 19.49, whilst Ben Light also had a creditable result at Bramhall, finishing sixth in 18.36.

Elsewhere, Jason Bennett continued his good season form after finishing the “Potters ‘Arf” half marathon in 22nd place from a sizeable field of 1,500, in a time of one hour, 24 minutes and 49 seconds.

Bennett also gained 12th place in the latest Staffordshire Moorlands Summer Series event held at Grin Low, Buxton in 31.40, just holding off fellow Club Member Ben Light by six seconds.

Also at Grin Low, running her first race for the Club, was Julie Riley who finished as first female over-45 in 38.15, followed by Sheila Bradley in 40.11.

Buxton Juniors had a great night at the event with youngsters claiming the top three spots.

Louis Forshaw-Perring was first home in 15.16, Elliot Meylan second in 15.40 and Will Tighe third in 16.03.

Meanwhile, over in Las Vegas, USA, veteran club runner Phil Hutson was busy running in the ‘Flight of Fire’ 10K trail race in Red Rock Canyon.

The race took place in temperatures of 90 degrees Farenheit, with Phil finishing a respectable 18th overall, and first male over-65.