30 May

Heat And Hills At Brutal Buxton

winning man at the 2016 Buxton Half

Yesterday (29 May) was another successful day for Buxton Half Marathon, a popular fixture in the local running calendar with a reputation for tough climbs and scenic views.

Hills and hot weather didn’t deter the 425 runners who took part for a race now in its 35th year and considered one of the toughest half marathons in the country. 
Buxton Half is sponsored by Lomas Distribution who continue to support this event with assistance provided by Buxton Mountain Rescue. In addition water supplied by Nestle that was gratefully received by all. 
The event started from the Pavilion Gardens - the only flat section of the route as the rest is a roller coaster of hills that sap the energy and resolve of those taking part. It starts with a three-mile climb from the Opera House up Axe Edge followed by a downhill stretch to Glutton Bridge, then up another hill, more descent and a sting in the tail at 10.5 miles in the shape of Harpur Hill. Finally, a reprieve with a fast downhill to the finish where at this point, runners had nothing left in the tank!
Alasdair Campbell of Buxton AC won the race in 1:17:51 followed by Damian Nicholls of Wilmslow Running Club in 1:18:13 with teammate Rob Downes taking third place in 1:21:50. 
Deborah Thomas of Trentham Running Club continued her winning streak, crossing the line in 1:31:13 to claim the first lady title. Lucy Davies was second in a time of 1:34:51 with Kristina Defries also Trentham Running Club coming third in 1:38:11. A particularly impressive result by Defries as this was her first half marathon, making her one to watch in the future. 
Photo courtesy of Bryan Dale