Pace ace White breaks club’s 29-year record

Buxton AC runners at Grin Low.
Buxton AC runners at Grin Low.

Buxton AC recently held its annual cross country race around the Grin Low Country Park, on a newly-devised course taking in Solomon’s Temple.

The race is the first counter in the 2014-15 cross country championship and it came as no surprise that Rob White, continuing his great form, was first home on the tough 5.7K course.

White crossed the line in a time of 20 minutes and 45 seconds to clinch top spot.

White has certainly been busy lately and his triumph at Grin Low was hot on the heels of a brilliant showing at the Wilne 10K, where he broke a 29-year-old course record.

White bettered Jim Bradley’s 10K club record for the over-40 category at the distance by a massive 45 seconds, finishing in a time of 34.20.

Elsewhere at Grin Low, second place went to guest runner Rick Houghton with a time of 20.55, while Jake Fearn (21.27) and Ben Light (21.42) were third and fourth respectively.

The winner of the ladies’ race was Rachel Chatwin in 25.46, while Jo Bednall was second in 26.16, and Julie Riley was third in 28.00.

Several juniors from the club took part in the senior event and all performed well, with Louis Forshaw-Perring taking seventh place in 22.51, Joe Uprichard eighth in 23.32, Alfie Bailey 13th in 25.32 and David Fryer-Winder 18th in 27.51.

Elsewhere, three club members travelled to Newcastle-upon-Tyne at the weekend to compete in the popular Great North Run.

The first of the trio home was Ros Martland who finished in 1.43.54, followed by Jane Jackson in 1.54.19 and Jayne Denby in 2.48.00.

• The next Pavilion Gardens 5K event takes place on Saturday (September 13), starting at the usual place of Broad Walk (Burlington Road end) at 9am.

For more, see buxtonac.org.uk.