Prized performances by Buxton runners

Will Tighe (3rd U11 Boy), North Staffs Cross Country League
Will Tighe (3rd U11 Boy), North Staffs Cross Country League

BOTH senior and junior members of Buxton and District Athletic Club came away with hard-won prizes from the final race in the North Staffs Cross Country League, held last week at Westwood High School in Leek.

After consistent performance in all four races, Will Tighe was rewarded for his hard work by clinching third place overall in the under-11 boys category.

Steve Watson (2nd over-45 Male), North Staffs Cross Country League

Steve Watson (2nd over-45 Male), North Staffs Cross Country League

Likewise, Steve Watson has worked amazingly hard during the series, putting huge effort into improving his race position at each event. Watson’s reward was also a well-deserved series trophy with second in the over-45 male category.

The senior ladies didn’t miss out either – Rachel Chatwin came home with the third over-40 female prize, bringing the entire ladies’ team to a creditable fourth-place series finish.

Other under-11 boys who raced at Leek were: James Watson (34th), Edward Ivings (36th) and David Harris (41st). Elliot Meyland and Jacob Buckley represented the under-13 boys and finished 11th and 16th respectively, while Daniel Burt was the sole Buxton under-15 boy, taking 17th position.

The senior ladies packed well at Leek, with Emma Havenhand and Emma Wentworth tussling for position throughout the race. Havenhand managed to stay two places ahead, finishing 55th, just two places ahead of Wentworth.

Close behind and running strongly was Wendy Bainbridge (67th), while Bev Golden (86th) completed the team’s hard work.

The senior men were strongly represented, fielding a further six runners in addition to Steve Watson. Second home for Buxton was Mark Pursell (54th), followed by Mat Ivings (74th), Rob White (77th), Pete Bailey (160th), Frank Golden (165th) and Richard Bouglas (174th). Some 220 runners took part, and Buxton men’s team took fourth place overall.

l Buxton-based Kath Lamplough took part in the Stockport ten-mile road race at the weekend, finishing as the 11th female overall, and fourth in her age category, in a time of one hour, eight minutes and 22 seconds. Lamplough’s overall position was 115th, from a massive field of 750 runners.

l The popular Christmas Cracker Fell Race was held last Sunday.

Buxton fielded three runners in the eight-mile event, which started at Tittesworth and took in the Roaches. Pete Bailey was first home in 59th place (01:14:28), followed by Ros Barratt (64th in 01:15:25) and Wendy Bainbridge (98th in 01:25:11).