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Matlock duo take top spots at chilly Buxton Pavilion Gardens 5K event

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Last Saturday saw 43 runners brave freezing temperatures to take part in the ever-popular Pavilion Gardens 5K.

The male and female titles went to visiting Matlock AC runners Karl Webster and Christine Howard, while the first Buxton AC runner home was Bryan McKenna (third place) in a time of 19.25.

There were many fine performances from Buxton AC runners, with no fewer than five personal bests chalked up.

Most notable was second-placed female Jo Bednall (21.10) and her 10-year-old daughter Lucy (24.20). While Jo knocked over 30 seconds off her PB and claimed a new age group club record, Lucy slashed her previous best time by a minute and a half.

The first junior home was Alfie Bailey in 21.20, while at the other end of the spectrum vet-70 runner Martin Willey posted an impressive time of 24.58.

The following day Buxton runners once again battled the elements.

On the roads three runners competed in the Stockport 10-mile race, with Rob White finishing in a time of 57.12, Ben Light in 1.00.58 and Hayden Alcock in 1.11.46.

Meanwhile on the fells Rachel Chatwin, Richard Bouglas and David Forshaw took part in The Gravy Pud Fell Race in Tintwistle, finishing in 48th, 61st and 109th places respectively.

At Birch Vale’s Famous Grouse fell race, Kevin Mottram was first Buxton runner home in 38th place, followed by Pete Bailey (44th), Richard Bouglas (54th), David Forshaw (86th) and Elizabeth Nocton (89th).

Slightly further afield, Rachel Chatwin took second place in the final race of the four-race Silkstone Shuffle race series near Barnsley.

On the same day Mark Pursell set an impressive 5K PB of 18.18 at the Congleton Parkrun, while Rob White and Ben Light posted top-ten finishes at the Cheddleton Xmas Pudding 10K.

•The first Pavilion Gardens 5K of 2015 will take place on Saturday January 10.