Buxton athletes defy scorching weather to shine

Buxton AC ladies who took part in the Shutlingsloe fell race (L to R: Fran Bromley, Louise Hallows, Nichola Sargent, Charlie Narejko, Caroline Newton-Phillips and Teresa Macmillan)
Buxton AC ladies who took part in the Shutlingsloe fell race (L to R: Fran Bromley, Louise Hallows, Nichola Sargent, Charlie Narejko, Caroline Newton-Phillips and Teresa Macmillan)

Hardy Buxton Athletic Club runners produced some amazing results amid scorching temperatures this week.

Kevin Mottram smashed his 10K personal best time at the Stone 10K road race by almost 30 seconds, racing home in 40.36.

Fellow Buxton Club member Jason Burgess was a mere two seconds awry of his all-time PB, finishing in a cracking 15th place from 500 runners, in a fabulous 35.32 and was rewarded with fourth Vet 40 placing.

On the fells, the Buttermere Horseshoe has a fearsome reputation, consisting of 21.2 miles with over 8,000 feet of climbing.

Taking in Wainwright’s favourite ridge of hills – Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag and Haystacks – before crossing the famous Honister Pass, the route returns to Buttermere via Littledale Edge.

Four resilient Buxton athletes - Alasdair Campbell, Bryan McKenna, Tania Wilson and Dan Latham. - took part in this third counter for the British Fell Championships and successfully completed the round.

More locally, and with a few less miles and hills to conquer, was Sunday’s Kinder Trog, a mere 16 mile stroll with just 3,490 feet of ascent.

However, with temperatures soaring, six Buxton runners had their work cut out to get round without mishap.

Starting with a tough climb up Lantern Pike, the route heads over Mill Hill and on to the edge to the currently absolutely dry Kinder Downfall.

A short trek over to Edale Cross brings the runners around towards Mount Famine and, a nasty sting in the tail, sends them up Cracken Edge before a welcome descent back into Hayfield.

Jason Bennett, Jon Sewell, Debbie Hope, Samantha Willis, Jo Cudahy and Sheila Bradley survived the heat and hills, with Sheila claiming first female vet over 60 place.

The Staffordshire Moorlands AC Summer Series third counter was yet another formidable climb, this time up the distinctive Shutlingsloe hill and straight back down again.

Thirteen Buxton runners took on the challenge last Thursday evening.

Fran Bromley is gaining her form as the weeks go by and was second female overall, while Ben Light was sixth in the race in which 192 ran.

Also returning to form is Paul Drabble, with a strong run at Bakewell Parkrun on Saturday, finishing 21st in a respectable time of 19.40.

Katie Rolfe cracked the 23 minutes to claim a personal best time of 22.58.

Over at Macclesfield, Ben Light was a fantastic second in the 5K race in 18.30, while Justin Holmes claimed a PB at the hilly Lyme Park 5K in 25.41.