UK success for former Buxton star

Former Buxton & District Athletic Club athlete Lloyd Taggart, now a member of Dark Peak Fell Runners and based from his home on the Isle of Man, recently won the prestigious English fell running champion of the year.

Taggart has finished in second place on several occasions over the last few years, so it’s a fine result to now take this hard-won title.

The Taddington Lanes fell race was held last Tuesday, a short, snappy four-miler with a testing hill start. First home for Buxton AC was Mark Halsey in 16th place, and hot on his heels in a closely-contested sprint finish was fellow club member Roland Meylan in 17th place. Representing Buxton ladies was Sarah Guise, finishing 30th.

The two men did well to compete only two days after running the tough Leek Half Marathon. An undulating course, but with fantastic views around the Roaches area, some 370 runners took part, in perfect conditions, blue skies and very little breeze.

Halsey came home in 102nd position, while Meylan finished the course in 190th place, with veteran of many half marathon races Steve Kenworthy finishing in 253rd place.

Mike Turner, a returning club member, took part in his first race again as a Buxton AC member at the weekend, running in the Bramhall 5k weekly series.

In a good solid performance, Mike came home in 24:15 in 105th place. Knocking a brilliant 19 seconds off his personal best time, Roland Meylan finished in 35th place, while son Elliott, returning to form after a break, finished well in 23:03.