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Buis: It took my breath away.

JAMES BUIS may have came out on top in his latest race, but he was not always at the head of affairs during the sixmile contest.

Competing in the Blackhill Bounders Fruit Bowl Race in the picturesque setting of Gibside Estate on the outskirts of Gateshead, Buis was surprised to see ahead of him midway through the race a number of young deer happily prancing away oblivious that 500 or so athletes were on their tail.

"The Gibside grounds are particularly colourful at this time of year and it's a pleasure to be able to run in such beautiful surroundings," said the current North Eastern Counties 10,000m champion.

"And then to see a group of deer crisscrossing the course ahead of you really takes your breath away."

Buis is one of the region's most improved athletes, having shown he is capable of producing eye-catching displays on all types of terrain.

As well as his 10,000m victory on the track earlier in the year, the Heaton Harrier has won the Windermere Marathon in Ambleside, finished sixth in the inaugural Kielder Marathon and fifth in the Redcar Half-Marathon, as well as winning the Low Fell 10k and finishing runner-up in the Tynedale 10k.

While he may target a place in next April's London Marathon - he has a best time of 2hr 29min 27sec from Paris last year - he is hoping he can turn in some decent performances over the country in the meantime.

Buis added: "I am not looking too far ahead, but I would really like to have a good cross-country season and see what happens after that."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 11, 2010
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