Race 2: Coleg Cambria, Connahs Quay, 10th November 2019
A bright, crisp Remembrance Day morning saw Deeside AC preside over a record breaking race, with 446 finishers getting round the short but demanding 4.3 mile course, with its steep climb up Kelsterton Lane.
Once again the Mens’ race saw Joe Boden of Wallasey AC having to settle for 2nd place a few seconds behind a Roberts from Eryri Harriers. This time, however, it was Owen Roberts – a first time BL winnner, making his first League appearance for 4 seasons. Helsby RC’s Hannah Cowley once again dominated the Womens’ race, having a 72 second margin over Chester Tri’s Charlotte Towers – her first League appearance since a debut 2nd place 13 years ago.
In the team competitions, Mens’ Division 1 saw some fierce competition, with the first 5 teams all getting their 10 counters home in the first 100 places. Nonetheless, Wallasey AC managed to pack their runners more tightly than anyone else – their 10 home in the first 38 ensuring victory on the day, ahead of a strong challenge from a formidable Wrexham AC turnout, by 27 points. Already the Wirral club has a useful lead in the Division 1 standings.
Womens’ Division 1 saw Wirral AC just manage a second consecutive victory, by a single point from Buckley RC. Chester Tri and Wallasey AC remain in contention, however.
The Mens’ 2nd division almost looks as if the promotion spots are already decided. Wirral AC had a convincing 161 point margin of victory over Eryri Harriers on the day to lead the division – and the gap from 2nd place back to the 3rd club Abergele Harriers is already more than 1250 points.
West Cheshire AC ran out winners in Womens’ Division 2 ahead of Ellesmere Port RC – a result which enabled both clubs to close the gap on leaders Eryri Harriers.
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Race 1: Caernarfon, 13th October 2019
The organisation of Arwel Lewis and Eryri Harriers ensured the new season got off to a successful, if damp, start. 355 runners made their way anti-clockwise round the familiar 10K course, all getting home just before the rainfall took on a biblical intensity.
The home club brought its runners out in force (for once), and enjoyed a highly successful day.
Matthew Roberts just pipped Wallasey AC’s Joe Boden to take victory by a 2 second margin in the Mens’ race, while Catherine Connell, on her BL debut, finished 2nd in the Womens’ race – won in dominant style by Helsby RC’s Hannah Cowley.
In the team competitions, Mens’ Division 1 had a familiar outcome, with Wallasey AC getting off to a flying start and claiming a 124 point lead over defending champions Buckley RC.
Womens’ Division 1 saw newly promoted Wirral AC make a strong start and take a narrow lead from Wallasey AC.
The corresponding 2nd divisions were dominated by the home club’s Men and Women – both teams producing very strong performances which only Wirral AC‘s men, and, to a lesser extent, Ellesmere Port‘s women, came anywhere near matching.
Finally, congratulations are due to Prestatyn RC’s Roger Harrison Jones, whose 332nd place at the age of 82 appears to make him the oldest runner to ever complete a BL race.
Three corrections to the results have been notified and the finalised version is now available.
You can find results of previous years’ races in our Results Archive.