Runners rise above the wet conditions for Buxton Hilly

Senior and junior runners from Buxton Athletic Club, who took part in the Staffordshire Moorlands Summer Series Buxton Hilly event. Photo contributed.

Senior and junior runners from Buxton Athletic Club, who took part in the Staffordshire Moorlands Summer Series Buxton Hilly event. Photo contributed.

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With one race to go in the Gritty Junior Fell Race series, part of the Accelerate Gritstone Series, Buxton Athletic Club juniors are in a strong position.

Elliot Meylan currently lies first in his age category, with Will Tighe second and Jacob Buckley in fourth. In the latest race at Edale, Elliot finished fifth, Jacob sixth, and Will 11th.

Competing in the 4-7 mile, 1,330 feet of climbing senior race, also at Edale, was Mark Pursell (55th), Roland Meylan (104th) and Pete Bailey (122nd).

At the other end of the age scale, evergreen Bill Allsop was the first over-70, finishing in 89th place from 120 runners, in the Calton Fell Race near Ashbourne. The race took in 800 feet of climbing over a distance of 5.5 miles, and is part of the Staffordshire Moorlands AC Off-Road Championships.

Back with the juniors, at the Castleton Fell Race, also part of the Gritty Series, Elliot and Will finished sixth and eighth respectively.

For the seniors, Jason Tatton was 67th from over 200 runners, over a distance of six miles and 1,500 feet of climbing.

At the Tideswell Fell Race, with its near vertical climb out of Miller’s Dale and over treacherously wet and slippery limestone, there were two Buxton runners in the field of 80 competitors. Rob White finished in a great sixth position, while Jason Tatton came home strongly in 21st place.

Mark Pursell was the lone Buxton AC runner at the Kettleshulme six-mile fell race which has a tough 1,000 feet of climbing. Mark finished in 22nd place, a fine result out of 120 runners.

The Staffordshire Moorlands Summer Series continues apace, with results available for two of the latest events. Firstly, the two-lap Buxton Hilly event held from Grin Low on a wet and windy night saw a good turnout from both juniors and seniors.

Runners in the junior race were Lauren McNeill (3rd), Elliot Meylan (6th) and Joe Uprichard (14th). Competing in the fun run, Will Tighe was first to cross the line, with Joshua Tatton in 14th.

Seniors competing were: Mark Halsey (27th), Jason Tatton (35th), Pete Bailey (48th), Kirsty Forder (59th), Sheila Bradley (66th), Dave Forshaw (92nd) and Bev Golden (95th).

Last week saw more wet and windy conditions, compounded by a tough climb over Ecton Hill and muddy conditions at the Wetton event.

Mark Halsey was first home for the club in 24th place, ahead of Pete Bailey (26th), Roland Meylan (37th), Sheila Bradley (52nd), Kirsty Forder (54th) and Bev Golden, fresh from the club’s overnight Summer Solistice 17-mile 4am run the same day, was 83rd.