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BUXTON & District Athletic Club’s legendary half marathon — known as one of the toughest in the country — takes place on Sunday May 29.

This year’s event marks the 30th Buxton Half Marathon. Sponsored by Lomas Distribution, the race starts at 11am from the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton.

Entries will be taken on the day, but pre-entry forms can be obtained from the running club’s website www.buxtonac.org.uk.

Last year’s race was won by Ben Fish, of Blackburn Harriers, in a time of one hour, 13 minutes and 41 seconds. Helen Gilbert, of Totley AC, was the first woman across the finish line, while hosts Buxton & District AC won the men’s team competition.

l Buxton athletes have taken part in a variety of events in recent weeks, starting with the Buxworth five-mile road race, a replacement for the previous Shady Oak race.

The new course is fast, flat with a few testing hills, one of which is the notorious Eccles Pike.

Some 15 club runners took part, with Darren Hawkins leading Buxton runners home, in a fine time of 32:11 in sixth place.

Second up for Buxton was Nigel Critchlow (34:01, 14th). Jointly leading the ladies home, and taking the veteran ladies prize, were Sarah Guise and Ros Barratt in a time of 42:27.

l Roland Meylan took part in the Uttoxeter Half Marathon, and finished 92nd in a time of 1:39:16, in a field of over 300 runners.

Son Elliott ran in the junior fun run and, despite the sweltering conditions, ran well to finish fourth in his age category, from 70 runners, in a time of 9:11.

l Thanks to some excellent organisation from the running club’s Social Secretary Ian Francis, ably assisted by Chairman Nigel Critchlow, some 27 Buxton club members enjoyed a trip to Blackpool, where most competed in a 10k road race.

First home was Rob White in a time of 37:15, followed by Jon Sewell, 38:45, and then Nigel Critchlow, 39:00. First Buxton lady home was Annemarie Claye, 43:15.

Local runner Andy Wilton, in the veteran 50 category, stormed home in a time of 34:09 to finish sixth overall.