Buxton AC runners impress during series of fell races

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Fell running’s surge in popularity was illustrated last week with five local races taking place in the same week.

First up was the six-mile Burbage Skyline race near Sheffield, which attracted over 280 runners.

Buxton AC’s top finishers were Terry Fowler (91st), Peter Bailey (118th) and Joanne Bednall (131st).

The next race, Shining Tor, took place from Errwood Sailing Club in the Goyt Valley.

Ben Light impressed with an eighth-placed finish, covering the six-mile course in a time of 42 minutes and 15 seconds.

Jason Bennett finished in 18th place, while Paul Tutt was third Buxton finisher, in 41st place.

The next three races on the calendar were provided by Hayfield’s popular ‘3 Days in May’ race series.

The May Queen race opened the weekend’s racing, with a three-mile route taking in the summit of Lantern Pike.

Ben Light was first Buxton runner home, this time in fourth place. Junior runner Elliot Meylan showed his potential, coming home in sixth, while Paul Tutt was third Buxton finisher in 24th place.

The following day the challenging Mount Famine fell race brought 1,850 feet of climbing within five miles.

Buxton AC’s men’s team were in fine form, with Rob White taking third place, followed by Sol Clark in fifth place and Jason Bennett in 14th place (first Vet 45).

For the women, Joanne Bednall had a fine run, finishing as fourth female and taking the Vet-40 prize.

The trio of races was completed the next day with the 1.2 mile Lantern Pike Dash, in which Leo Dearden was first Buxton AC runner and won the Under-18 prize.

Prolific racers Peter Bailey and Richard Bouglas completed the whole series, taking part in all three races.

Four runners represented Buxton AC at the White Peak Half Marathon.

Dan Feely (1.31.18), Jen Johnson (1.40.51), Sheila Bradley (1.41.16) and Beverley Golden (2.12.50) all completed the scenic course which takes in The High Peak Trail.

Meanwhile Kate Ledin set a new Vet-55 club record and a PB of over half a minute, with her time of 22.45 at the Battersea 5K race.