Junior and vets taking the glory in athletics

Buxton Athletic Club Supervet Bill Allsop has had a great season competing in the English Fell Running Championships, taking part in events all over the country, and has scooped the third Male Vet Over 70 placing, a fitting reward for all his efforts.

The third race in the North Staffs Cross Country League was held at Stafford Common at the weekend, in muddy cross country conditions which tested the strength and stamina of the Buxton AC club members who took part. The Juniors were represented in the Under 11, 13 and 15 Boys and in the Under 13 and 15 Girls.

Will Tighe ran away with sixth place in the Under 11, with David Harris finishing in 50th position. Meanwhile Jacob Buckley finished in 21st place in the Under 13 Boys. The dream team of Stephen Mellor, Daniel Burt and Kieran Connoll in the Under 15 Boys brought them home in seventh, 13th and 19th place respectively, a valuable result at this stage of the competition.

Amy Quince represented the club in the Under 13 Girls, and came home in 23rd place, while Helen Thornhill finished in 18th place in the Under 15 Girls.

Steve Watson’s purple patch continues to bring home excellent results – in the Senior Mens’ race he finished in 16th place from a field of over 230 runners.

Next home was Rob White in 79th place, followed by Richard Bouglas in 148th, Pete Bailey 179th, Frank Golden in 186th and Paul McWha in 218th.

The Senior Ladies field a full team and Rachel Chatwin, a fine recent addition to the club, finished in tenth place despite a heavy cold, while Emma Havenhand finished in 54th place, Wendy Bainbridge 74th and Bev Golden 91st.

Other Buxton based runners included Amy Mellor, now running for City of Stoke, who came home in fifth place in the Senior Ladies’ race, while Kath Lamplough, Staffs Moorlands, finished 15th.

Paul Drabble and Terry Fowler, also for Staffs Moorlands, finished in 73rd and 105th places respectively. All are ex-Buxton AC runners.

Paul McWha, fresh from his muddy endeavours the day before, travelled to Conwy the following day to take part in the Half Marathon, finishing in a respectable time of two hours one minute and 39 seconds. Dan Feely was first Buxton runner home in 1.32.26, while Simon Moorhouse’s time was 1.53.01, Hayely Errington’s time 2.13.46. Some 1580 runners took part.

Apologies to Jacob Buckley for missing him out of the Dovedale Dash results last week, especially as he recorded a particularly fine second place in the Under 14 age category, and a very respectable 214th place overall out of 1450 runners.