The racing season is in full swing, both on the fells and on the roads, with 10 races for Buxton Athletic Club runners to choose from over the past week.
Naturally, one or two local athletes have pushed themselves to their physical limits by taking part in several of those.
At the Tideswell Inter Inns 5k road race, Buxton athletes smashed both the male and female course records last Monday evening.
Jake Fearn took the overall race lead in an excellent 17 minutes and 18 seconds.
Helen Thornhill, a fantastic second overall finisher, was not only first female home but broke the ladies’ record in 18.57.
Three other ‘firsts’ by Buxton athletes were claimed too – Terry Fowler was first Male Vet 50 in 20.27, Lucy Bednall was first Junior Female in 20.45 while mum Jo was first Female Vet 50 in 22.12.
Fearn’s form was evident last Thursday evening at the Staffordshire Moorlands Summer Series “Buxton Hilly” 4.75 mile race with a fourth overall finishing place in 32.52.
The course includes the climb up to Solomon’s Temple before a fast descent through Grin Low Woods, an undulating dash through the bottom of the woods before the painful ascent up the short and snappy “Heart Attack Hill,” so dubbed by local runners for self-evident reasons.
Buxton athletes were out in force that night with 16 runners from over 180 taking part.
Fran Bromley, meanwhile, ran a cracking race in searing heat to finish second overall, second female and first in her age category with a time of 36.41.
Jo Bednall was second Female Vet 50, Sheila Bradley second Female Vet 60.
The Alderley 10K road race takes advantage of the temporary closure to traffic of the A34 bypass for an out and back predominantly flat course.
First Buxtonian home was Rick Aldred in 38.41, placed 44th from the 1,719 field. Jon Sewell was next up in 57th in 39.33, Amy Clark, returning to form after breaking several ribs, was 109th in 42.03.
Fran Ross’s time was 51.47, Adele Thornton’s 53.10, Tim Rolfe 56.20 and Louise Hallows 57.24.