Buxton runner breaks 20-year course record at Wilmslow half marathon

Buxton AC runner Jason Bennett.
Buxton AC runner Jason Bennett.
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Buxton AC’s Jason Bennett broke an age-group club record at the Wilmslow half marathon that had previously stood for 20 years.

Bennett completed the course in one hour, 20 minutes and shaved four minutes off the previous record.

First club finisher home, in a field of over 4,000 runners, was Sol Clark in 80th place (1:18.51).

Buxton’s third finisher was vet-55 Neil Wainwright (1:32:15).

Elsewhere on the roads, three club members competed 20-mile events as part of their marathon training.

At the Trimpell 20-mile race Frank Golden posted a time of 2.36.57, while at the Ashby 20 event Emma Wentworth came home in a time of 2.41.18, followed by Simon Moorhouse in 2.48.08.

The latest fixture in Buxton AC’s Weekend Fell Championship was the Wolf’s Pit Fell Race, near Bamford.

The tough six-mile course features 1500ft of ascent, with a 600ft climb right at the start.

The club fielded a team of 12 runners, with Bryan McKenna first finisher in 61st place (out of 361 competitors).

First female for the club was Jo Bednall (164th place overall).

• Buxton’s juniors recently attended the popular Lyme Park run where George Smedley-Castle not only won the race but also smashed the previous course record for his age category 15-17 years with a time of 19:39.

Alfie Bailey came in 11th with a new PB of 22:04 and Leo Dearden came in 21st with his debut performance of 24:34.

Ten members of the junior ranks took part in the Wolf’s Pit Fell race, with five medals won.

The first medal was won by Lauren Wilshaw who stormed home to win the under-10’s girls race.

Heather Wilshaw put in a great run to finish second in the girls 10/11 category closely followed by Abbie Fryer-Winder, making her debut in fell running.

In the boys 12/13 category Buxton achieved a clean sweep with Will Tighe taking top spot, Alex Ediker second and Finn Moffatt third.

44 runners took part in the junior race.

Running in the adult race Alfie Bailey came in 199th and Leo Dearden, in his first fell race, came 282th.