Night of celebration for Buxton AC

Buxton AC award winners at the recent Annual Presentation Dinner.
Buxton AC award winners at the recent Annual Presentation Dinner.

Buxton Athletic Club’s Annual Presentation Dinner and Christmas Party took place at the Old Hall in Buxton last Saturday.

Club Chairman Chris Bent presented Rob White and Rachel Chatwin with trophies for winning the Overall Club Championships.

Both scored the maximum points possible in the Championships.

Second-placed gongs were handed out to Jason Bennett and Bev Golden.

Third meanwhile was shared in the men’s section by Mark Pursell and Sol Clark, with Jo Bednall taking bronze in the women’s.

Taking the veteran prizes in the Championships were Elizabeth Nocton and Jon Sewell, while the Supervet winners were Neil Wainwright and Sheila Bradley.

Rob and Rachel also claimed first place in the newly-established Road Running competition, while for the fell-running fraternity Jo Bednall was first-placed female in this year’s series, with Jason Bennett first male.

Veteran winners on the fells were Pete Bailey and Bev Golden.

The trophy for the Most Improved Runner went to Emma Wentworth for the ladies and Richard Bouglas for the men.

Julie Riley, meanwhile, was named Best Female Newcomer, with Ben Light taking the title Best Male Newcomer, both in their first year with the Club.

Bryan McKenna took the award for the Most Improved Dream On Mile time.

The trophy for the club’s annual handicap race, the Fletcher Cup, was won by Richard Bouglas being closest to his predicted time, with Jo Bednall fastest female finisher and Jon Sewell fastest male finisher.

A special award for services to the Club was presented to Lifelong President Jim Bradley, who has been involved with the Club since it’s inception in 1977.

l The next Pavilion Gardens 5K will be held on Saturday (December 6), a week earlier than usual.

The event starts at 9am at the Burlington Road end of Broad Walk.

For more details, see buxtonac.org.uk.