Magnificent medal-haul for Buxton AC at county championships

A clean sweep of the podium places for Buxton AC trio Emma Wentworth, Elizabeth  Nocton and Rachel Dowle.
A clean sweep of the podium places for Buxton AC trio Emma Wentworth, Elizabeth Nocton and Rachel Dowle.

A clean sweep of the podium places in two of the events was the highlight of a magnificent medal-haul for eight Buxton AC athletes at the Derbyshire Track and Field County Championships, held at the Moorways Stadium in Derby.

The ladies shone first as Emma Wentworth took the gold medal, while Elizabeth Nocton was second and Rachel Dowle third in the masters women’s 4kg shot put. In taking the title, Wentworth set a new championship best performance in the 35-to-49 age group with her throw of 6.43 metres, while Nocton took the silver medal with her throw of 6.02 metres.

The trio were then joined by teammate Caroline Newton-Phillips to form a senior women’s 4X100m relay team, and they duly delivered a second gold in a time of 71.13 seconds.

Completing a very successful day for Buxton, Wentworth also picked up a bronze medal in the masters women’s 3000m, clocking a time of 12.44.96.

The following day, it was the turn of the club’s male athletes at the championships, and a squad of four collected no fewer that 13 medals, including six county titles.

They included the second clean sweep, in the senior men’s 1500m, as Robert White took gold in 4.33.94, Bryan McKenna silver in 4.54.81 and Richard Goff bronze in 5.58.95.

In the field events, Pete Bailey won a silver medal in the masters high jump, clearing 1.35 metres, and then went one better with gold in the senior men’s triple jump thanks to a first-round leap of 8.17 metres.

Back on the track, there were gold medals for McKenna in the 400m and 800m, for White in the 1500m and for Bailey in the masters 3000m.

In the last event of the championships, the team of McKenna, White, Goff and Bailey emulated the ladies and won the 4X100m senior men’s relay gold to cap a memorable weekend.

Last midweek, the club staged its annual Fletcher Cup handicap race, in which runners must guess the time they will take to cover the route of almost nine miles. Ross Martland was the winner with a prediction only two seconds outside his time of one hour, 10.12 minutes. Heather Fryer-Winder was the closest for the women.