Steve shrugs off injury to shatter club’s 10K record

Steve Watson (centre).
Steve Watson (centre).

Buxton AC’s Steve Watson enjoyed a terrific return from injury last weekend, as he shattered a long-standing club record.

Watson travelled to his home town of Leyland in Lancashire to compete in the Worden Park 10K.

His time of 36 minutes, 39 seconds shattered the club’s long-standing record for the distance - held by Jim Bradley - by almost three minutes.

Steve was fourth overall in the race, and first Over-50. To add to his achievements, Steve established a new Over-50 course record.

Another good performance for the Club was Ben Light’s second place finish in the Alderley Edge four-mile multi-terrain Carnival Race, with a time of 24.37.

There was a glut of half-marathons over the weekend and Club Members travelled far and wide to take part.

Close to home was the White Peak Half, in which Sarah Guise finished the course in 1.55.27.

In Chester, four Buxton ladies took part in the popular event, all running well in the hot conditions: Kat Martin, Rachel Dowle, Claire Bradshaw and Sharon Milner.

At the Eyam Half Marathon, Steve Kenworthy, running in the Over-55 category, was home in 1.55.42, while evergreen Bill Alsop claimed second place in the Over-70 class in 2.15.07.

In the Manchester 10K, Elizabeth Nocton, fresh from her London Marathon exploits earlier in the year, ran a PB time for the event in 56.30.

In the tough, hilly five-mile Mount Famine fell race, Mark Pursell, running for his fell club Pennine, had a great race to come home in ninth position in 50.37.

He was closely followed by Buxton’s Darran Hawkins in 19th (54.20).