Team success for Buxton Athletic Club in Chunal Fell Race

Buxton & District AC runner Steve Watson. Photo contributed.
Buxton & District AC runner Steve Watson. Photo contributed.
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THERE was a great turnout by Buxton & District Athletic Club runners for the Buxworth five-mile road race.

The 16 Buxton finishers were: Darran Hawkins 10th; Mark Pursell, 17th; Jason Tatton, 19th; Nigel Critchlow, 22nd; Mark Halsey, 23rd; Roland Meylan, 34th; Pete Bailey, 36th; Frank Golden, 48th; Ros Barratt, 51st (first lady over-45); Simon Moorhouse, 54th; Dave Forshaw, 56th; Emma Havenhand, 57th; Ian Francis, 61st; Phil Wainwright, 65th; Adam Snowden, 69th; and Hayley Errington, 85th. Other Buxton-based finishers were: Jenny Johnson, 72nd; and Helen Brunt, 83rd.

Further afield, at Holymoorside, near Chesterfield, Sheila and Jim Bradley competed in the tough 10K road race. From a field of 246 runners, Sheila was the first lady vet over-50 (80th overall), while 69-year-old Jim, making a welcome return to racing, was the sixth over-60 vet (184th overall).

Another runner making a great return to racing was former Buxton Half Marathon winner Steve Watson, who had an excellent race at the ‘No Walk in the Park’ 5K held at Queens Park, Chesterfield. Watson showed he was still in good form by finishing in third place in a time of 17 minutes and 39 seconds. Also running was Bev Golden, who finished 49th in a time of 24:16.

At the 3.4 mile Chunal Fell Race, the Buxton team of Mark Halsey (11th), Pete Bailey (19th) and Dave Forshaw (23rd) finished in second place overall.

l The next event in the Buxton AC championship, the carnival race route five-mile, takes place on Wednesday May 16. Runners should meet at the swimming pool as usual for 7pm.