Running: Ellesmere Port clubs enjoy success at the Shell Four Villages Half Marathon
ANDREW Clague headed a 25-strong West Cheshire AC contingent at the Shell Four Villages Half Marathon in Helsby on Sunday.
Clague finished 94th overall and 26th in the M40 age category after clocking a time of one hour, 22 minutes and 47 seconds for the 13.1-mile course.
Andy Starkey was the 16th M45 home and 138th overall in 1.25:55 followed by Mark Woods, Robert Little, Neil McIntyre, Tony Kennedy, Bob Benson, Neil Carter, Mark Povey, Jonathan Goulding, Mike Perchard, fifth-fastest M65 Brian Beattie and Mark Davies.
Dawn Nunes was West Cheshire AC’s fastest female finisher in 1:39.06 for 492nd position overall.
Eleanor Robinson was 715th in 1.43:48 and Lisa Davies 817th in 1.46:18, followed by Sacha Kendall-Woods, Lisa Ayling, Angela Cook, fifth-fastest F60 Kathleen Osborne, Sinead Malone, Emily Davies, Karen Lesley Billingsley, Paula Jones and Mary Radford.
Ellesmere Port Running Club also fielded 25 runners in the annual event, which this year had 1,624 finishers.
First home for Port was Rob Grantham in 1.18:26, followed closely by the smooth-finishing Simon Jeffs in 1.21:07 and Paul Robertson, who gradually worked his way through the field to clock 1.24:33.
They were joined soon after at the finish line by Mark Dodd (1.27:14), Mike Burns (1.27:25) and the twin threats of Jon (1.27:39) and Alison Cole (1.27:55), who both set personal bests.
Matt Whitfield pipped Dave Roberts and Mark Pickard to the post, Brian Griffiths and Alison Macdonald both posted solid finishes, before John Jennings got the better of fast-finishing ultra-runner Mark Fiddler.
Charlotte Brennan breezed home in an excellent 1.48:21 and Julia Fiddler notched a PB of 1.52.37.
Nic Smith, the evergreen Madeleine Bird, Alan Durston, Lisa Lord, Lisa Jenkins, Janet Agnew, Carmel Barnett and Gillian Walters completed the club’s set.