The 33rd Buxton Half Marathon took place last Sunday in damp and warm weather, with a sizeable field of 250 athletes from around the country taking part.
The elements provided ideal running conditions for the event, which travels through some of the Peak District’s most scenic countryside around the outskirts of Buxton.
The event, known as one of the toughest and testing half marathons, was started by Buxton AC Chairman Chris Bent.
Establishing a clear lead from the outset, last year’s winner Dale Annable of Heanor RC, maintained first position throughout the race to come home to a comfortable victory in one hour 16 minutes and 52 seconds. That represented a six-seconds improvement on his time from last year.
In second place was Gareth Briggs from Staffordshire Moorlands AC in 1.19.23, and maintaining his third-placed position from 2013 was Chris Patterson of Ashbourne RC, who was almost two minutes faster than last year at 1.19.52.
First home in the ladies’ race was Christine Howard of Matlock AC in 1.35.34, followed by Joanne Mosley, an unattached runner, in 1.36.11, while third home was Penelope Barber from Tipton in 1.39.10.
Buxton AC fielded over 20 runners and the lead male runner home was Rob White in a cracking time of 1.22.22 (fifth overall).
Steve Watson also established a new club record for the distance and age category by 52 seconds.
The third club runner home was Jason Bennett in 1.24.55. First home in the ladies from the club, and running her first half marathon, was Gayle Johnson in 1.42.13, second was Claire Belkadi in 2.04.19, and third was Elizabeth Nocton in 2.07.21.
Buxton AC won the men’s team prize and Manchester YMCA scooped the female team prize.
Race Director Bev Golden would like to thank sponsor Lomas Distribution for their generosity, Buxton Police for their invaluable support and advice, Buxton Mountain Rescue, Nestle Water, and everyone who very kindly helped on the day, without whose support the race could not be the success it was.
n The next Buxton AC event is the Gardens 5K on Saturday June 14 at 9am from the Burlington Road end of Broad Walk. For more details check out buxtonac.org.uk.