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Buxton three tackle tough Trigger Race

Rachel Dowle, Sharon Millner and Clare Bradshaw, who took part in the Garstang 10K at the weekend. Photo contributed.

Rachel Dowle, Sharon Millner and Clare Bradshaw, who took part in the Garstang 10K at the weekend. Photo contributed.

THREE members of Buxton and District Athletic Club tackled the arduous 20-mile Trigger Race at the weekend.

Starting at Marsden in West Yorkshire, the route crosses over Black Hill, Bleaklow and Kinder Scout, finishing at Edale, with some 4,500 feet of climbing along the way.

Mark Pursell was first home for Buxton in 64th position in a time of four hours, 28 minutes and 35 seconds, followed by Mark Halsey (130th in 5.12.03) and Roland Meylan (162nd in 5.55.09).

Nearer home, and over a much shorter distance of 3.1 miles, was the Lambs Longer Leg fell race.

First finisher for the club was Pete Bailey in 36.30, ahead of Don O’Brien (37.00), Dave Forshaw (39.27), Frank Golden (40.23) and Bev Golden (50.03).

Saturday saw the running of the latest Pavilion Gardens 5K events. Steve Watson, chasing the elusive sub-17 minutes, finished agonisingly short in a time of 17.01.

Rick Houghton, of Macclesfield Harriers, was second in 17.18, and Matt Smith third in 18.17. Emma Wentworth, competing in the event for the first time, was the first lady home in 22.34, battling with Liz Edwards who finished close behind in 22.39.

The first junior male home was Louis Forshaw-Perring in a fantastic time of 20.38, while Lily Davies was the first junior female across the finish line in 28.21.

Emma Havenhand, a regular on the National Parkrun scene, travelled over to Endcliffe Park in Sheffield at the weekend, finishing the 5K event in 24.07.

Three other female club members, relatively new to the racing scene, competed in the Garstang 10K, also at the weekend.

Rachel Dowle led the ladies home in 57.58, followed by Clare Bradshaw in 1.01.50, and third home was Sharon Millner in 1.04.34.

 

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