Tania Wilson leads the way for Buxton Athletic Club

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Buxton Athletic Club’s women’s cross country team finished fourth out of eight teams in Division One during the first race of the season in the North Staffordshire Cross Country League.

Out of more than 200 runners, Tania Wilson was first home and second in the Vet 50 category (37th place overall).

Annemarie Fitzgerald was next home (51st), followed by Sheila Bradley (57th) and Kate Ledin (65th).

Sheila and Kate took first and second places in the Vet 55 category.

The team was completed by Jen Johnson (77th), Heather Fryer-Winder (87th), Emma Havenhand (116th) and Rachel Dowle (179th).

The men fielded 14 runners and finished as eighth placed team in Division One.

Out of a field of 300 runners, Sol Clark (24th) and Ben Light (28th) finished strongly, continuing their run of form during the summer months.

Next home were David Morrison (63rd), Mat Ivings (85th), Paul Light (127th) and Richard Bouglas (136th).

Elsewhere there was yet another PB and Vet 45 club record for Jason Bennett, who completed the Littleborough 10K in 36 minutes, finishing in seventh place.

Also on the roads, at Ashbourne, club member Steve Kenworthy completed his 250th half marathon, in a time of 1 hour and 55 minutes.

The next Pavilion Gardens 5K event will take place at 9am on Saturday 10th October. Buxton AC’s Beginners’ Running Group meets at the Pavilion Gardens Swimming Pool at 6pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Buxton and District Athletics Club junior cross country team put forward a strong contingent in five different categories.

In the U11 girls Lauren Wilshaw put in a sterling performance to come seventh out of 59 runners and Josh Winterbottom ran in the U11 boys finishing 45th. Samuel Soles in his debut performance for Buxton’s cross country team came in a strong fourth place, with his brother Daniel also on his debut, putting in the stand out performance of the day coming in an outstanding second place.

In the U13 girls Eleanor Wilson led the girls team in, finishing in 20th place, Abbie Fryer-Winder came in 30th and Heather Wilshaw in 44th out of 65 runners, the team finishing in 10th place.

Club coach Rachel Dowle said: “Once again the Buxton juniors have done us proud. Cross Country is a challenging discipline, but the youngsters take it all in their stride.

“They are a great team, supporting and encourage each other every step of the way.

“There is always an enormous sense of achievement, team spirit and it’s all great fun too.”