Race 4: Tattenhall, 27th January 2019
Even though the strong winds initially raised a question over whether the race would go ahead, another course record turnout resulted in 372 finishers battling the elements and the gradients of the familiar Tattenhall course.
Joe Boden of Wallasey AC made it a hat-trick of wins in the Mens’ race, just shading Ricky Challinor of Buckley RC by 3 seconds, with Ed Flynn of Ellesmere Port RC another second further back.
Helsby RC’s Hannah Cowley did likewise in the Womens’ race, but in far greater comfort, having a 61-second margin over Prestatyn RC’s Amie Bagnall in second place.
The familiar Buckley RC/Wallasey AC battle for supremacy at the top of both Mens’ and Womens’ Division 1 continued apace, with the lead changing hands in both competitions.
The Mens’ competition saw the Welsh team get 10 runners home in the top 37 places and turn a 48 point deficit into an 82 point lead. Conversely, the Wallasey women grabbed a narrow 4 point vistory on the day to turn a 2 point deficit into a 2 point lead – while Helsby RC slipped back somewhat.
Mens’ Division Two saw Ellesmere Port RC and Wrexham AC make comfortably their best scores of the season – the former taking victory on the day by 11 points. The latter leapfrogged Chester Tri (hitherto 2nd) and suddenly put 250+ points between themselves and the triathletes.
Wirral AC’s women extended their lead at the top of Division 2 a little further with another victory on the day, while Abergele Harriers’ best performance of the season took them up into 2nd place.
Buckley RC‘s veterans (Men and Women) maintained their leads at the top of their respective competitions.
Race 3: Trac Mon, Ty Croes, 9th December 2018
The remoteness of the venue and inconvenient change of date failed to deter some 260+ runners, who made their way to the Anglesey coast to be greeted by the excellent facilities of Trac Mon, on a bright, but brisk December morning. The “briskness” gave the field a testing headwind to contend with on the 2 and a bit lap, 5 mile course – mainly on the uphill stretches of the race track.
Joe Boden of Wallasey AC registered a second successive win in the Mens’ race, eventually pulling out a margin of 14 seconds over Ellesmere Port’s second placed Dave Bennett.
Emily Kearney (Wirral AC) thwarted Helsby RC’s Hannah Cowley in her bid to register a hat-trick of wins this season in the Women’s race – in doing so, registering her own 4th BL victory.
Weakened turnouts saw some significant changes in the team competitions.
In Mens’ Division One, Wallasey AC‘s first 9 runners were home in the top 30 places, and their resulting win by 106 points over Buckley RC saw them overtake the Welsh club at the top of the table. Conversely, Womens’ Division One saw Buckley RC win on the day (from the improving West Cheshire AC) and take over at the top from Wallasey AC – by just two points – and with Helsby RC only another two further back.
In Mens’ Division Two, while Ellesmere Port RC marched on with another commanding win to stay top of the table, a strong Chester Tri turnout saw them finish 2nd on the day and overhaul Wrexham AC to take 2nd place.
Womens’ Division Two saw Wirral AC win comfortably on the day and stretch their lead at the top of the table even further from 2nd placed Deestriders.
A strong turnout from Buckley’s male and female vets has seen them take over at the top of both Veteran competitions.
The individual and team results have now been finalised, along with the team standings
First individual standings will be listed after race 4.
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.
Some difficulties were encountered in producing the results. Four clubs who attempted to register runners on the day fell foul of the newly-required GDPR protocol. If nothing else, it emphasised how much easier life is now for all concerned if new registrations are made in advance of races. Please take note!
The results are now finalised and should be visible on Powerof10/RunBritain from Friday 16th November.
Here are links to the finalised individual results 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.