New personal bests for club runners

Buxton Athletic Club runner Mark Pursell. Photo contributed.
Buxton Athletic Club runner Mark Pursell. Photo contributed.

BUXTON Athletic Club runner Pete Bailey has continued his improving form in the popular parkruns, knocking a good half minute off his personal best time at York Parkrun last weekend.

Finishing in 31st place out of 131 runners, Pete’s time was 21 minutes and eight seconds.

At the Wilne 10K, near Derby, Buxton fielded five runners, and from a total field of 650 entrants Rob White led the team home in 75th place (37.42). Jon Sewell was next up in 109th place (39.37), followed by Frank Golden (242nd in 46.44), Bev Golden (294th in 48.32) and Colleen Butler (488th in 58.33).

Lifetime honorary Buxton AC member, and local running legend, Andy Wilton, running for Staffs Moorlands, was 45th in the race, in a time of 35.13.

In the Wolverhampton Half Marathon, Mark Pursell ran a personal best time of one hour, 32 minutes and 14 seconds to finish 43rd overall.

At the BUPA Sheffield 10K race, Buxton was represented by three ladies: Emma Havenhand (49.13), Amy Wadsworth (51.10) and Sarah Nicholson, in training for the forthcoming Great North Run, (53.33).

On the fells, at the 10.3K Barrell Inn race, which has 1,740 feet of climbing, from a field of 160 runners Mark Pursell finished in 38th position, followed by Mark Halsey (53rd), Pete Bailey (79th) and Roland Meylan (108th).

Mark Halsey competed in the tough six-mile Shelf Moor race, held out of Glossop, finishing 41st in a time of 59.55.

At the much longer distance, namely the Bullock Smithy 56-mile event, Simon Moorhouse found the going tough and came home in 15 hours and 13 minutes. Former Buxton runner Colin Wilshaw completed the course in 13 hours and 28 minutes.

The Pavilion Gardens 5K run, promoted by Buxton AC, will take place at 9am from the Pavilion Gardens Promenade on Saturday. This event is free and open to everyone.