Buxton athletes Grin Low and bear it

The runners tackle Grim Low.
The runners tackle Grim Low.

Buxton Athletics Club staged their annual Club Cross Country Race last week, a two-lap circuit around Grin Low and Solomon’s Temple which covers just over 5.5K.

The men’s race was won by Sol Clark (21.22), with Ben Light (21.36) and Bryan McKenna (21.52) taking second and third places.

Rachel Chatwin took first place in the women’s race (25.23), followed by Jo Bednall (26.37) and Elizabeth Nocton (28.37).

First Male Vet 40 was Rob White, with Mark Quince (Vet 45), Andy Lidstone (Vet 50), Sheila Bradley (Vet 55) and George Webb (Vet 55) also taking age-group honours.

Juniors David Fryer-Winder and Leo Dearden also ran strongly, finishing in 13th and 17th places respectively.

At Glossop’s tough Shelf Moor Fell Race, Jo Bednall finished in a fine third place, also taking the Vet 50 prize.

Sol Clark also impressed with a fifth place finish in a field of nearly 10 runners.

Also on the fells, Kevin Mottram was first Buxton AC finisher at the Great Longstone Chase and Barrel Inn races.

At the British Masters Half Marathon Championship in Norfolk, Jason Bennett continued his strong season with a time of 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Jason finished as fourth Vet 45 and in 23rd place overall from a quality field of over 250 runners. Meanwhile at the inaugural Hatters Half Marathon, a trail race based out of Edgeley Park, Stockport, Rob Lloyd finished in 20th place out of over 300 runners, with a time of 1.29.16.

A busy week of 10K racing saw Ben Light take seventh place at the tough Bollington course with a time of 36.41.

Personal bests were set at Wilne 10K by Richard Bouglas (39.10) and at the City of Salford 10K by Hayden Alcock (42.08). Over the 5K distance, Kate Ledin set a new PB of 22.35 at the Burgess Parkrun.

The monthly Pavilion Gardens 5K takes place this Saturday, September 12 at 9am.

The popular free event is celebrating its third anniversary, during which time there have been over 2,000 participants.

All ages and abilities are welcome and the event is free to enter.