Buxton AC’s Pursell cruises to brace of wins

Buxton AC Amelia Newbould.
Buxton AC Amelia Newbould.

Buxton AC’s Mark Pursell sealed top spot at the recent Taddington Lanes four-mile race, which takes in the stiff climbs and long descents around the village.

Pursell, one of 15 athletes representing the club at the event, came home in 24 minutes and 36 seconds.

Another high for the club was the performance of Julie Riley, who finished as first lady in 30 minutes, 53 seconds.

Hot on the heels of his success on the local scene, Pursell travelled over to Fleetwood the following weekend to compete in the half marathon and achieved a personal best time for the distance, of 1.22.13.

Elsewhere, there were some good results at the nationwide 5K Parkrun series from Buxton athletes in recent weeks.

Jason Bennett won the Lyme Park event in 19.09, closely followed by Ben Light in 19.19.

Light followed this up the following weekend by finishing second at Congleton in a PB time of 17.49.

On the fells, Richard Bouglas was first Buxton runner home in both the Barrel Inn and the Crowden Horseshoe races, with Jo Bednall claiming second.

Not to be outdone, the club’s junior section has also impressed lately.

Elliot Meylan was quickest junior home at Lyme Park in 20.58, a PB on the hilly course, while Will Tighe was first junior home at the Poole, Dorset event in a time of 19.17, also a PB.

Amelia Newbould (25.06) was not only the first junior female home at Lyme Park, she was also the quickest female overall in the race.

The next Pavilion Gardens 5K event will take place at 9am on Saturday September 13, starting at the usual place of Broad Walk (Burlington Road end).

This free event is open to all newcomers. Visit the website, buxtonac.org.uk for more information.