Memories of the popular Buxton Carnival ‘5’

Buxton AC retro pic
Buxton AC retro pic

The long-running Buxton Carnival Day race will break from tradition this year by following a new, four-mile route - and organisers hope this will enjoy the popularity of the old ‘5’.

The race has been held over a distance of five miles since its inaugural year in 1977 and has attracted many famous names from the world of athletics.

Appropriately, the first and last races on the original five-mile route were won by English international runners.

Mike Tagg, of Staffordshire Moorlands AC, was the very first winner, while Steve Vernon, from Stockport Harriers, won the last race in 2011.

The five-mile course record was held by Glyn Harvey of Staffordshire Moorlands AC, who finished in 24 minutes and 15 seconds in 1978.

The fastest time for a female was 28 minutes and 37 seconds in 1986, held by H. Skempton from Middleton Harriers.

The most popular runner over the life of the ‘5’ was local athlete Andy Wilton who won the race on more than ten occasions.

Andy, who represented England in cross country races, ran for Tipton Harriers and latterly, Staffordshire Moorlands AC. His fastest time for the race was just two seconds short of the course record.

• The 2013 Buxton Carnival race, promoted by Buxton Athletic Club and sponsored by New Bodies Gym, will take place at 1.45pm on Saturday July 13, starting from New Wye Street.

Entry forms can be found on Buxton AC’s website, at New Bodies Gym or at Goddard’s Music Shop. Entries will be taken on the day from noon at the University of Derby Buxton’s halls of residence, on Bridge Street.