Calm before the storm at the hilly Buxton Half Marathon

Hardman And Jolley Best At Buxton

They were on top of the world at one of the hilliest (and hardest!) half marathons.

It was hot, it was hilly and it was a job well done at Sunday’s (28 May) Buxton Half Marathon. Around 400 runners set out to beat the weather and the elevation at this taxing race from Buxton AC in the beautiful Peak District.

Runners from local clubs and further afield toed the line at the 41st Buxton Half Marathon, ready to scale Axe Edge and a few other hills at an event with a reputation as a ‘toughie’. A total ascent of 1508ft meant it had to be treated with respect and everyone did just that and in very warm conditions.

Away they went at 10am from Buxton Opera House, Pavilion Gardens along the main road ahead of the first climbs of the day. Teeth were gritted for the first 3 miles that was all uphill then some respite in the form of a long downhill section for 4 miles. Back up, flat then back up again before readying yourself for the 2.5 mile descent to the finish in the Pavilion Gardens with lots of applause.

An impressive display of running from Phil Hardman saw him win the 2023 Buxton Half Marathon in 1:19:26. Carlos Everall finished second in 1:20:48 and Tim Barry of Stockport Harriers third in 1:21:16.

City of Portsmouth AC’s Emma Jolley looked strong and focused on the task in hand to become the women’s winner in 1:27:37. Dominique Searle of Cheshire Dragons was second in 1:29:04 with Wilmslow RC’s Diane McVey third in 1:30:26.

The last runner finished in 3:20:24.

View all the results via the runABC Midlands Race Listing page.

There was excellent support from the marshals – the jelly babies were much appreciated – at a well organised event that is demanding but never fails to deliver an unforgettable experience.

Image courtesy of Bryan Dale (Race Photos).

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