Record field out in force for Carnival race

Start of the Buxton Carnival Road Race
Start of the Buxton Carnival Road Race

A record field of almost 200 runners competed in last weekend’s Carnival four-mile road race in perfect conditions.

On a course ideal for speedy times, the race followed the new route first used last year.

The runners were cheered on by the buoyant Carnival crowds throughout the race amidst glorious sunshine.

Establishing an early lead was last year’s winner Ryan Holroyd from Staffordshire Moorlands AC.

Holroyd, spurred on by the crowds, went on to finish a full minute ahead of his closest competitor with a time of 20 minutes and 17 seconds - some 33 seconds faster than his 2013 triumph.

William Neal (City of Stoke) was second in 21.17, and third was Buxton AC’s Rob White in 21.59.

The ladies’ race was won by Sharon Johnstone (Wilmslow RC) in 25.32 in what was a new ladies’ course record.

Sharon’s fellow Wilmslow club member Janine Ellis was second home in 28.32.

Third was Paula Nimmo (Macclesfield Harriers) in 27.55.

The junior male title went to Ben Bower who finished in a time of 25.14, 21st overall in the race.

As first local junior home, Ben was the fitting winner of a new award presented for the very first time this year; the Thomas Theyer Memorial Trophy.

This was kindly donated by Thomas’ parents Chris and Alan Theyer and proudly presented by his sister, Aimee.

The trophy will be presented each year and is in memory of Thomas who was a popular member of Buxton AC’s Junior Section, and who competed in last year’s Carnival Race.

Louisa Whittingham (Macclesfield Harriers) was the first junior female home in a time of 28.25, and fourth female overall in the race.

Buxton AC was well represented in the race, with 27 of the club’s members taking part.

Others also helped out with crucial marshalling duties to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for their fellow runners.

The mens’ team prize went to Staffordshire Moorlands AC, while the Ladies’ team prize was won by Wilmslow RC.

This year’s race was sponsored by New Bodies Gym, who also provided Lead and Sweep vehicles for the race.