Steve leads the way as league edges towards finishing line

Buxton AC race - under 13s boys race.
Buxton AC race - under 13s boys race.

With just one race left in the North Staffordshire CrossCountry League series, Buxton AC member Steve Watson leads the rankings in the Male Vet 45 category.

Steve, a two-time winner of the Buxton half-marathon, had another excellent race at the weekend finishing in 15th place in the senior men’s race held out of Parkhall Country Park.

Also competing for Buxton at the event was Kevin Mottram who made a fine impression on his maiden cross -country outing to finish in 170th place.

He was followed closely by Pete Bailey in 176th, with fellow club members Richard Bouglas (189th), Simon Moorhouse (230th) and Chris Bent (250th) also finishing the course.

Elsewhere, in the under-13 boys’ race, Luke Farrant led the team home to a brilliant second-placed finish.

He was followed by Elliot Meylan in sixth, Lucas Parker in eighth, Will Tighe 10th and Jacob Buckley 21st.

The impressive cluster of results ensured the team maintained their place at the top of the league.

In the under-11 girls’ event, Sosseh Badje followed up her excellent debut race last month, as she held her position to finish in third place once more.

She was followed by Katie Ivings in 21st and Sasha Scragg in 23rd.

Making her debut for Buxton AC was Megan Harris-Wood and she finished well in 28th place.

Isobel Ivings completed the team, and came home in 36th position.

Two under-11 boys’ also competed with Leo Parker and Edward Ivings finishing in 38th and 46th place respectively.

Helen Thornley and Stephen Mellor were the sole Buxton Juniors in the under -15 girls and boys’ races.

Helen came home in 20th place and Stephen crossed the line in 10th, while Alfie Bailey was 19th in the under-17 men’s race.

The Senior Ladies maintained second position in their league, with Wendy Higginbottom leading the team home in a fine 10th placed finish.

She was followed by another debut runner in the shape of Jo Bednall (32nd), Sheila Bradley (48th), Ros Barrett (49th), Emma Havenhand (64th), Angela Bent (86th), Wendy Bainbridge (91st) and Krissie Ivings (129th).

Buxton junior boys performed well as guests in the Manchester Cross Country League at Woodbank Park, Stockport recently, coming home with good results.

In the under-13 boys’ race, from a field of over 100 runners, Lucas Parker finished second, with Will Tighe coming home in 20th place.

Finally, Rachel Chatwin took part in the North Wales Road Running Championships held out of Abergele recently.

In the five-mile race she was rewarded with a fifth-placed finish overall and the first female Vet 40 finisher.