Race 2: Upton by Chester, 14th November 2018
Even on Remembrance Sunday with an early (0930) start, West Cheshire AC’s “Spring 5 miler” course once again drew a record-breaking turnout, on a damp but ultimately bright morning. Not only did the total of 441 finishers surpass the previous record of 434, the Womens’ turnout of 153 also set a new record, and justified the decision to increase the “no-show” penalty score this season from 150 to 200.
The Mens’ race saw a reversal of last month’s 1-2-3 with Joe Boden of Wallasey AC winning his first ever Borders race with a 19-second margin over Ricky Challinor (Buckley RC), and Ellesmere Port’s Dave Bennett a little further back.
Hannah Cowley (Helsby RC) made it two wins in a row in the Womens’ race, with a 20-second margin over Prestatyn RC’s Amie Bagnall and Chester Tri’s Zoe McLennan 3rd.
The Mens’ team competition in Division One saw the same finishing order as last month, with Buckley RC winning narrowly on the day from Wallasey AC, with West Cheshire AC, another 24 points further back, already now the only other club with a chance of making a challenge.
In contrast, the Womens’ team competition saw excellent performances from 6 of the 7 teams in the top division with West Cheshire AC just pipping Buckley RC on the day, but not enough to dislodge Wallasey AC and Helsby RC from the top slots.
Bennett’s Ellesmere Port team recorded a second successive win in Mens’ Division 2 to make them favourites for promotion, while another 2nd place for Wrexham AC saw them pull a little further away from 3rd-placed Chester Tri. Similarly Wirral AC’s women recorded their second Division 2 victory, with another 2nd place for Deestriders consolidating their position behind Wirral.
West Cheshire AC and Buckley RC are the pacesetters in the Mens’ Veterans competition, while solid performances took Wallasey AC and Buckley RC to the top of the Womens’ Veterans competition at the expense of Ellesmere Port RC.
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Here are the links to the individual and team results, as well as team standings after 2 races.
Race 1: New Brighton, 14th October 2018
Wirral AC’s smooth and efficient organisation saw the new season get off to a great start, with 411 finishers (2nd highest turnout ever) enjoying perfect distance running conditions on a cool grey morning, running a 5 mile circuit which took in the promenade and coastal embankment.
In the Mens’ race, Ellesmere Port’s Dave Bennett maintained his recent stellar form, pipping last season’s champion Ricky Challinor (Buckley RC) by 10 seconds to record his first BL victory. Joe Boden (Wallasey AC) was another 8 seconds further back in 3rd place.
The Womens’ race saw Helsby RC’s Hannah Cowley likewise celebrate a first-time win – her dramatic improvement in 2018 confirmed by an overall position of 37th and a winning margin of over a minute from Carol Parsons (Ellesmere Port RC).
Defending champions Buckley RC‘s 43 point margin over Wallasey AC in the Mens’ team event suggests a familiar battle looming, but West Cheshire AC were only single point further back. Similarly, the 2017-18 Womens’ Champions Wallasey AC were also winners on the day, but could face serious challenges from Ellesmere Port RC (2nd) and Helsby RC.
Bennett’s Ellesmere Port RC Mens’ team put in a strong performance to take victory over Wrexham AAC and an early lead in Division 2. Meanwhile in the womens’ division, Wirral AC made a promising start in their bid to regain top division status, with victory on the day ahead of Deestriders.
You can find results of previous years’ races in our Results Archive.