Race 1: Capenhurst – 1st October 2017
New season, new records. Notwithstanding the alternative racing attractions offered by the Sandstone Trail and BTR, a course record 386 athletes assembled at the end of the Ledsham road to start the 2017-18 Borders League campaign.
Despite one or two soft muddy patches on the short A540 stretch, the new, measured 5 mile, 2 lap course offered definite PB potential.
The Mens race saw Ricky Challinor – now of Buckley RC – continue where he left off at the end of last season with his 13th League win. 17 seconds further back was last season’s Mens champion, Gareth Williams of Deestriders. Meanwhile the Womens race saw a familiar winner in the form of Chester Tri’s Gill Mead (her 6th League win), who had a 10 second margin of victory over a young newcomer, Mia Roberts of Deeside.
With both Buckley RC and Wallasey AC‘s Mens teams significantly strengthened this year, it was no surprise to see them dominate the team event, with the Welsh club taking an early lead in Division One. The Womens Division One team event was won by the newly promoted Ellesmere Port RC from Buckley RC. The former’s strength in depth appears to make them title favourites.
Both the Division Two competitions saw last season’s relegated teams make strong starts in their bids to return to the top flight. A strong Prestatyn RC Mens team had a sizeable margin over Deestriders, while Chester Tri‘s and Prestatyn RC‘s women took a huge lead over the rest of their field.
Results have now been finalised. Changes include corrections to incorporate the correct penalty scores (as agreed at the AGM) for incomplete male teams.
You can find results of previous years’ races in our Results Archive.