A tough battle ensued at the front as James Kevan (20.51) took the early initative and pushed on to take the lead, matching strides with Nick Leigh of Altrincham for most of the race, with Nick just having the strength at the end to pull away by 6 seconds, a good race to watch. Third overall was Colin Rigby (21.29) and first 0/40 – who pulled through the front end of the field going past a fast starting Alastair Murray (21.31) who hung on well for fourth. Steve Nolan (22.21) made up the winning team for us in 8th place, and also took the first 0/45. Simon Parkinson (23.21) ran well for 16th place, with Denis Mason (23.53) not far behind in 21st. Paul Boardman chalked up another race, this time clocking 24.11 for 25th place.
Suzanne Budgett (24.56) was our next runner in,taking first 0/45 and second lady overall, having chased Maria Lowe of Wigan all the way with just 18 seconds separating them at the end. Carl Balshaw (26.32) looked comfortable in 57th place, but Pete Bland (28.06) had to work hard in the early stages – see photo- as he and close rival Barry Allman (29.40) continued their excellent inter club battle, with Pete taking the honours again. In Barry’s defence he did say he had to have a pit stop – again!
Christine Boardman (28.34) continues to improve, this time taking Barry’s scalp after his sprint past her on the line at Belmont. Gill Burnell continued her collection of first 0/55 prizes running 33.09 for 131st place overall, and Kath Swindell (34.43) after a tough track session the night before did great for 139th place.
Sorry the photos are a bit below standard, but it was a bit dark for my camera.