Medal successes for club juniors

RUNNERS-UP: Buxton AC's under-13 boys team, which finished second place overall in the North Staffordshire Cross Country League. From left: Kieran Connell, Steve Mellor and Daniel Burt. Photo contributed.
RUNNERS-UP: Buxton AC's under-13 boys team, which finished second place overall in the North Staffordshire Cross Country League. From left: Kieran Connell, Steve Mellor and Daniel Burt. Photo contributed.
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BUXTON Athletic Club’s under-13 boys team came away with two medals as the four-race North Staffordshire Cross Country League reached its conclusion last Saturday at Westwood High School in Leek.

Steve Mellor finished sixth on the day to secure third place overall in the championships, while the team was placed second for the series, with Daniel Burt and Kieran Connell completing the Westwood High stage in 18th and 23rd respectively.

SERIES FINALE: Buxton's senior men and ladies competitions. From left, back row: Matt Barlow, Rolan Meylan, Pete Bailey, Mark Halsey. Front row: Sheila Bradley, Wendy Bainbridge, Mark Halsey, Frank Golden. Photo contributed.

SERIES FINALE: Buxton's senior men and ladies competitions. From left, back row: Matt Barlow, Rolan Meylan, Pete Bailey, Mark Halsey. Front row: Sheila Bradley, Wendy Bainbridge, Mark Halsey, Frank Golden. Photo contributed.

Other results from Saturday saw Elliot Meylan storm home in second place for the under-11 boys, while Jacob Buckley finished strongly in 11th position.

Jim Bradley, spokesman for Buxton AC, commented: “The juniors have performed excellently throughout the series and are a credit to the club.”

In the senior women’s race, former Buxton junior Amy Mellor, now competing for City of Stoke, finished in first place on Saturday and took the gold for the series. Buxton’s Sheila Bradley was 45th, and Wendy Bainbridge 59th.

Leading the senior men home was Mark Halsey in 107th place, followed by Pete Bailey (137th), Mark Pursell (152nd), Roland Meylan (169th), Frank Golden (171st), making his debut for the club, and Matt Barlow (182nd).

Meanwhile, on the fells, Buxton’s lone competitor in the hilly and muddy 15-mile Roaches Race was Darren Hawkins, who finished in a fantastic 19th place, from a field of over 200 runners, in a time of two hours, 26 minutes and five seconds.