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Strong showing by Buxton runners in cross-country league

GO SOL! -- Buxton AC runner Sol Clark braving foul weather in the cross-country league at Stoke.
GO SOL! -- Buxton AC runner Sol Clark braving foul weather in the cross-country league at Stoke.

Foul weather failed to prevent runners from Buxton and District Athletics Club acquitting themselves well at the third round of the North Staffordshire Cross-Country League series.

The club fielded a large contingent for the event, which was held at Park Hall in Stoke-on-Trent, and in the 10k race, a strong showing by the men’s first team earned them fourth place of ten in Division One.

Of more than 300 runners who took part in the senior men’s race, Buxton’s Sol Clark finished a highly creditable 18th in a time of 40.14 minutes, just over four minutes behind the winner, Will Neill, of City Of Stoke AC, who clocked 36.10.

Clark was followed home by clubmates Ben Light (25th in 41.21), Rob White (50th in 42.58), Mark Pursell (92nd in 45.30), Richard Bouglas (103rd in 46.24) and Paul Light (112th in 46.47).

Alsdo in Division One, Buxton’s women’s team finished in fifth place after a race that attracted almost 200 runners. Tania Wilson again headed the team, finishing 34th in a time of 27.27 minutes.

She was joined by Elizabeth Nocton, who finished 59th in 28.41, Kate Ledin, who was 61st in 28.47 and Sheila Bradley, who was 65th in 28.57.

Wilson was also a terrific second in the female veteran 50 category, while Ledin and Bradley took second and third place respectively in the female veteran 55 age group.

The fourth and final round of the league takes place at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Saturday, December 12 when there will be the usual seven races for male runners and seven for female runners at all age groups, from under-11s to veterans.

Meanwhile, Buxton were also represented at the latest Marple Parkrun, a 5k cross-country event against the clock, held at Brabyns Park, Marple Bridge in Stockport last Saturday morning.

In a race dominated by Daniel Lawton, of Stockport Harriers, who streaked home in a time of 17.44 minutes, Peter Bailey led the way by for Buxton finishing 16th in a time of 22.06 minutes.

Next home was Nick Jones, who was 20th in 22.25, Leo Dearden, who finished 29th in 23.13, Alfie Bailey, who was 42nd in 24.17 and Shannon May Booth, who came home in 57th after clocking 25.29.

Anorher 5k park run, contested at Lyme Park in Disley, Cheshire, was tackled by Buxton’s Rick Aldred, who finished an excellent 15th after recording a time of 23.13 minutes on his debut at the event.

On the roads, the Conwy Half-Marathon in north Wales was the destination for Rob Lloyd, who finished as high as 116th in a massive field of almost 2,500 runners. Lloyd registered a time of one hour, 28 minutes.

It’s a big weekend coming up for the Buxton club because they stage their annual presentation night. Formed back in 1977 by their current chairman, Chris Bent, the club currently boast about 120 members from in and around the Buxton area.

Many members join simply because they want to get fit, but others are more serious and compete at local, regional and national levels.