An outstanding performance by Alasdair Campbell in the Scottish leg of the British Fell Championships heaped credit on Buxton Athletics Club.
Campbell travelled to his native Scotland to tackle the Stuc a’ Chroin 5000 race, which attracted a high-quality field of 359 runners.
And he defied 13.7 miles of tough terrain, plus more than 5,000 feet of climb, to finish 13th in a time of two hours, 20.54 minutes, about 12 minutes behind winner Finlay Wild, who nearly broke the course record.
Campbell described the run as “a great experience” and he will now look to cement his growing reputation in the next British Championships race at Tebay in Cumbria on Saturday, June 17.
Because he was resting his legs in preparation for Scotland, Campbell chose not to defend his crown in the Buxworth Five-Mile Road Race. But he did go along to support 44 Buxton AC runners who were there to compete for points in the club championships.
In a field of 155, the Buxton contingent were led home by Sol Clark, who finished second in 29.46, with Jake Fearn third in 29.56 and Rob White, who was also the first male veteran over-40, in fifth.
In the ladies’ race, Amy Clark was a fanastic third in 35.47, ahead of Sheila Bradley in 41.47, Elizabeth Nocton in 42.37 and Emma Wentworth in 42.38.
Among the other prize winners were Alan Talbot, who was 77th overall but first male veteran over-65 in 41.59, and Janet Taylor, who was 85th overall but first female veteran over-50 on 43.05.
Buxton also fielded a team of 16 runners in the Helen’s Trust 10K at Chatsworth, with Jason Brunnock third and Amy Clark first lady home.