Eleven Buxton Athletics Club members took part in the fourth of eight rounds of the Staffordshire Moorlands Summer Series.
The five-mile course around the picturesque Rudyard Lake attracted a strong field on a glorious evening for running last Thursday.
It was a speedy start with the first two miles of the race ran along the side of the lake before following the undulating path back to the dam wall on the far side.
Ben Light was first home for BAC, followed by Jason Brunnock. Fran Bromley was 28th overall and was first in her age category. Fran Ross, Charlie Aucott and Adele Thornton packed well for the entire race, finishing in 41.06, 41.07 and 41.07 respectively – a great team effort.
Next week’s race is at the much hillier Biddulph Grange Country Park.
Usually held on the Sunday after Buxton’s Carnival Day four-mile road race, the Peak Forest Fell Race was a week earlier so guaranteed a decent turnout from Buxton runners.
The six-mile route starts in the lovely Peak District village, soon climbing up the nearby hills, skirting the top of Castleton’s Cave Dale and eventually taking the runners by surprise when suddenly faced with the daunting climb up Eldon Hill.
A satisfactorily speedy descent followed, with a sprint along Perryfoot Dale to the finish line.
Star of the day was Helen Thornhill, with a first female place, seventh overall in the race and first local to finish.
Both Ben Light and Jake Fearn are having a storming season and Sunday’s race was no exception, as Light finished fourth and Fearn right behind him in fifth.
Buxton pretty much swept the board at prize-giving, with Thornhill, followed by Fran Bromley (second female, ninth overall and first female under-23), Tania Wilson (first female vet 50, 18th overall), Sam Willis (first female 35, 25th overall), and Sheila Bradley (first female vet 60, 29th overall).
Dan Latham and Michael Abrahams headed over to Sale to take part in the first of the “Sizzler” 5Ks - a series of four speedy races. Latham was rewarded with a personal best for the distance in 18.34, Abrahams a solid 27.31.
Carnival Day comes to Buxton on Saturday next and with it the hugely popular four-mile road race.
Interested runners can enter on the day at registration in the Derbyshire University Halls of Residence (behind the Railway pub) from 12 noon, with the race starting at 1.45pm. For more details please visit www.buxtonac.org.uk.