Runners at Sunday’s (28 May) Buxton Half Marathon had to contend with over 1500ft of climbing during the race, but the views from the top were worth the hard work (and pain). Now in its 36th year, the race continues to attract runners from across the UK with many returning on an annual basis to tackle the challenging course.
Uphill Battles At Buxton
Though it is a difficult course on which to achieve a PB, it is ideal for determining if your hill training is paying off.
Someone whose training certainly is paying off is Chris Oddy of Serpentine RC. Chris was first across the line in 1:15:29; nearly five minutes ahead of the second place finisher Phil Skelton of Steel City Striders in 1:20:17. Gareth Cooke of Penistone Footpath Runners completed the podium in 1:20:49.
Diane McVey of Wilmslow RC produced a strong performance to win the women’s race in 1:27:13. She finished five minutes in front of runner-up and teammate Sharon Johnstone, who came home in 1:32:40. Jennifer Rich of Steel City Striders RC secured third spot in 1:32:57. The last runner finished in 2:57:05 out of a field of 345 entrants.
Starting at 9.30am from The Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, the first three miles saw runners head up Leek Road then across to Earl Sterndale, followed by another climb up Harpur Hill. A series of fast descents were a welcome relief from the uphill efforts with the finish at the Pavilion Gardens followed by post-race refreshments.
Full results are available on our race listings page.
Photo courtesy of Bryan Dale