Top-50 finish for White in Macclesfield half marathon

Buxton & District Athletic Club members who took part in last weekend's Macclesfield Half Marathon. Photo contributed.
Buxton & District Athletic Club members who took part in last weekend's Macclesfield Half Marathon. Photo contributed.

BUXTON athletes were among a sizeable field of almost 800 runners who took part in the Macclesfield Half Marathon last weekend.

In near-perfect conditions, and showing very little fatigue from running the High Peak 40 the previous weekend, Rob White was the first Buxton runner home in 49th place, in an excellent time of 1:28:50.

Not far behind was fellow club member Jon Sewell in 65th place, in a time of 1:30:29.

Other results for the club were: David Brindley, 171st, 1:40:11; Mark Babington, 586th, 2:02:56; Sarah Guise, 614th, 2:05:30; while husband and wife Jarrod and Ann Roberts-Dinsley finished in 713rd and 714th position in 2:14:41.

Simon Moorhouse has recorded some fine times over the past few weeks.

Firstly, he knocked a massive 13 minutes off his personal best time at the Bullock Smithy 56-mile event, held out of Hazel Grove.

Then last weekend, he took part in the Hardmoor 60-miler, starting at Saltburn and contouring the coast all the way to Filey, passing through various coastal villages such as Staithes, Robin Hoods Bay and Ravenscar. Simon completed the event in under 15 hours.

The Buxton Triathlon took place at the weekend, and three Buxton AC members took part.

The event consisted of a 400-metre swim in the newly-refurbished Pavilion Gardens Swimming Pool, a 21k cycle taking in the Goyt Valley and 5.1k, two-lap run from the pool to Burbage and back.

Recording a time of one hour, 16 minutes and eight seconds overall (29th place) was club chairman Nigel Critchlow. Ian Francis took one hour, 29 minutes and 43 seconds (99th), and Phil Shaw one hour, 30 minutes and 20 seconds (105th).

A total of 235 athletes took part in the event.

In addition to those included in last week’s report on the Great North Run, competing for the tenth year was Jayne Denby, who finished in 2:24:57. Also taking part was Phil Shaw, who recorded an excellent time of 1:39:00.

Forthcoming races include the North Staffs Cross Country League at Winsford on October 8, and the club championship race at Windgather on October 9.