Top-50 place for Hawkins in Edale Skyline fell race

Annemarie Claye at the Wilmslow Half Marathon. Photo contributed.
Annemarie Claye at the Wilmslow Half Marathon. Photo contributed.

The Edale Skyline fell race, at a distance of 21 miles, is the longest race in the local running calendar and was held recently from the village.

From 330 starters, Buxton’s Darran Hawkins had a great race to finish in 36th place, while Mark Cudahy, still recovering from his Tan Hill to Cat & Fiddle record-breaking 120-mile ‘jaunt’, was in 211th place.

Two former Buxton runners also performed well – Macclesfield Harriers’ Rick Houghton was in 12th position, and Staffordshire Moorlands’ Paul Drabble finished 84th.

At Wirksworth, in the shorter 4.32-mile incline race and from a field of 85, Pete Bailey led the Buxton AC contingent home in 36th place (33:09).

Roland Meyland was next up in 39th place (33:36) and Dave Forshaw 65th (38:22).

The junior two-mile race saw some fantastic results from Buxton runners – Lauren McNeill was first girl in the race, also winning the Sam Taylor Shield, while Elliot Meylan was fourth boy, followed in sixth place by Will Tighe. The two races started together and it’s worthy to note that all the juniors beat the senior runners to the top of the first hill.

At the Wilmslow Half Marathon, in a race competed by 5,000 runners and won by Sale Harriers’ Anthony Ford in one hour, four minutes and 54 seconds, Buxton fielded five runners.

Sheila Bradley led them home in a time of 01:41:50, while Frank Golden registered 1:47:56, Annemarie Claye (pictured right) and Mark Fitzgerald finished together in 01:49:49, and Bev Golden in 02:07:33. This was Frank and Bev’s first half marathon, and both show great promise for future races. Former Buxton AC runner, Terry Fowler, now of Staffordshire Moorlands, also took part and finished in a creditable time of 01:32:40.