Buxton AC’s men’s team scoop fell running regional title

George Smedley-Castle, of Buxton AC juniors.
George Smedley-Castle, of Buxton AC juniors.

Buxton AC demonstrated their current depth of form when the men’s team became Derbyshire Fell Running Champions at the Lad’s Leap fell race, held from Crowden, near Woodhead.

The six-mile course, with its 1,700ft of ascent particularly suited up-and-coming athlete George Smedley-Castle who took fifth place in a time of 54.27.

George was also selected to represent Derbyshire at the Inter-Counties Fell Running Championship in May.

Hot on George’s heels in sixth place was Rob White in 54.30.

The winning team was completed by Tim Aldridge who finished in 13th place in 56.45.

111 entrants completed the course and other runners representing the club were Bryan McKenna (25th), Mark Quince (31st), Peter Bailey (47th), Alfie Bailey (67th), David Forshaw (91st) and Richard Goff (98th).

Buxton AC women’s runners have also posted strong performances in recent races.

At the Battersea Park 10K race Kate Ledin won the Vet 50 prize with her time of 47.48.

Meanwhile Emma Wentworth competed in the Llandudno Easter 5K race where she took the Vet 35 prize (21.17).

Back on the fells George Smedley-Castle achieved another fine result at the Pendle Fell Race, where he was first under-18 finisher.

Mark Quince (75th), Joanne Bednall (147th), David Fryer-Winder (221st) and Heather Fryer-Winder (245th) also represented the club.

Notable Parkrun 5K performances from the last couple of weeks include the Woodbank Park event, where Rob White took first place (17.17) and Elizabeth Nocton finished as second female (23.40).

At the tough Lyme Park event Ben Light took second (19.46), while Paul Light (21.24) was quickest Vet-55 runner, in ninth place overall.

Promising Buxton-based athlete Lauren McNeil also shone at Lyme Park the following week, winning the women’s race in a time of 21.35.

Ben and Paul Light were also in action at the South Cheshire 10K race in Crewe, where they finished in 19th (35.49) and 57th (39.08) in a field of 348 competitors.

• Meanwhile, a strong team of 14 Buxton Athletics Club juniors took part in the second race of the English Juniors Fell Championships held in Pendle, Lancashire.

The sun was shining but the challenging course was made tougher still by the boggy ground that claimed several fell shoes on the muddy downhill.

Clementine Newbould took part in the under-10’s finishing 17th.

Lucy Bednall led the under-12 girls home in 12th with Heather Wilshaw in 21st and Abbie Fryer-Winder in 38th.

Alex Ediker put in another great performance to come in fourth in the under-14s, followed by Will Tighe in ninth, Finn Moffatt in 13th, Luke Mamczur 31st, Amelia Newbould 20th and Radim Polednova, in his debut performance for Buxton, in 38th place.

Also putting in an outstanding performance was Helen Thornhill coming fifth in the under-16’s race.

In the extremely challenging senior Fell Race which took the runners over Pendle Hill, Buxton AC’s rising star George Smeldley-Castle came in 44th - first under 18 runner with David Fryer-Winder coming in 211th position second under 18.

The Buxton AC junior Fell team are in eighth position overall out of 46 teams taking part.

Any youngsters interested in having a go at fell running come down to the Buxton AC training sessions on Monday or Thursday 6-7pm at Buxton Community School sportshall.