FORMER Buxton and District Athletic Club runner Lloyd Taggart made a winning start to the 2011 English Fell Running Championships.
Competing for Dark Peak Fell Runners, against the cream of English fell runners, Lloyd won the 11.5 mile race, held over the Long Mynd in Shropshire, by two seconds from Chris Steel of Borrowdale, in a time of one hour, 34 minutes and 25 seconds.
Rick Houghton, another former Buxton AC athlete now representing Macclesfield Harriers, and competing in his first championships, ran a great race to finish fourth in the over-45s category and 40th overall, out of 380 runners.
* At the Cloud 9 Hill Race, Buxton AC’s sole representative, Don O’Brien, was the sixth over-50 across the line, finishing 106th overall, from a line-up of 430 runners.
* On the roads for Buxton AC, at the Cheadle Spring 5 in Staffordshire, which was the club’s latest championship race, Rob White continued his good form, finishing 12th from 200 competitors in a time of 29 minutes and 14 seconds.
Among the other Buxton runners were Roland Meylan, 74th in 35:48; Colleen Butler, 160th in 45:02; Emma Wentworth, 164th in 45:25; and Sophie Phillips, 165th in 45:25.
* Buxton had two athletes competing for Derbyshire at the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships recently, held in Birmingham. Thomas Drabble ran a strong race in the under-13 boys’ category, while Amy Mellor led the Derbyshire team home in the under-17 girls’, finishing in 51st place.