ENGLISH international Steve Vernon was a clear winner of the Buxton Carnival Day five-mile road race.
Held every year since 1977, the traditional event draws athletes from far and wide, as well as a large contingent of locals.
This year, from a field of over 200, it was Stockport Harriers runner Vernon who crossed the line first in a time of 25 minutes and 31 seconds, ahead of Buxton-based Staffordshire Moorlands Athletic Club runner Kyle Fowler (27:24) and Carl Allwood from Sutton-in-Ashfield (28:06).
In first place for the ladies was Buxton & District Athletic Club athlete Amy Mellor in a time of 31:46, followed by another Buxton-based Staffordshire Moorlands runner, Kath Lamplough, in 33:01. Third lady home was Gwen Kinloch, an unattached runner, in 35:47.
The Buxton team of Mellor, Kirsty Forder and Annmarie Claye took the ladies team prize, while the men’s team prize was won by a Staffordshire Moorlands team of Fowler, Will Neill and local legend Andy Wilton, who also took the Vet 50 prize.
In the veteran categories, James Noakes from Macclesfield Harriers was the first over-40 finisher and Kev Lilley (Sheffield) the first over-45, while John Hurley, from Matlock AC, took the over-55 prize. Staffordshire Moorlands’ Robin Britton was first over-60, Hugh Wilson the first over-65 and Jack Cowlishaw the first over-70.
The ladies veterans placings were: Rachel Taylor (over-35), Helen Maddam (over-40), Nicola Dick (over-45), Jane Hewitt (over-50) and Jacky Smith (over-55).
Race Director Sarah Guise wishes to thank all those who helped on the day, and sponsors New Bodies Gym, Greggs, Toni & Guy, Café Nero, Pizza Express and Running Bear, without whose help and support the race could not have gone ahead.