Sunday 21st April 2013
Leverhulme park was the usual setting for this event and saw ideal running conditions this year. Dry underfoot the skies were overcast and, although quite chilly for spectators, it was certainly great for the 600 competitors taking part in this event.
Tony Valentine lead the race in the early stages but was subsequently overtaken by the eventual winner Chris Busaileh of Hearne Hill Harriers (33:18) and had to be content with second place (33:56). The fight for first place was only one of the personal battles taking place as athletes pitted their energies and resolve against both this tough two lap course and each other. Jack Garmory (38:26) was the next in with a fantastic finish on the track just ahead of Karl Darcy (38:45), putting him in first place in his age group. Another close race by Peter Kearney (40:04) and Daryl Bentley (40:07) who were separated for most of the race by only a second or so. In the final strides of the race Pete Kicked for the line and held on well, bringing first position in the mens A team to Bolton United Harriers. Perhaps equally importantly bringing this seasons personal friendly tally to 3 wins apiece.
James Ridout (40:40) and Ken Fowler (41:40) were the next to finish followed by Cathrine O’Dwyer (42:06) who led Bolton’s ladies A team into first place in the team event while ever sprightly Eric Ranicar (42:36) secured third place for the mens B team. Ian Meads (44:05) led Boltons C team in for 8th place
Sarah Saxon and Catherine Jones completed the winning ladies team. Laurence Jackson had another good strong race while Paul Rankin and Marcus Chester continued to run well and both crossed the line in 48.05. Adrian Costello was easing off in preparation for the Manchester Marathon but still managed an excellent time (48.48).
Bolton are extremely proud of our newer runners and those who continue to turn out with their blue vests on for the club, putting in the effort and being part of our team. It’s fantastic to see the familiar faces of Phil Boardman, Richard Clegg, Ged Tucker and Heather McEwan who work extremely hard and are always there to support their club.
Many thanks to all the people who turned out to watch this event and contribute to the great atmosphere surrounding the race. Thanks also to all the helpers, race marshalls and everybody who gave up the chance of racing and their Sunday to ensure that this well organised and successful event was possible as well as the people who managed to do the registration, course layout and still race as well – You know who you are! Thanks to the crews of British Red Cross. MK Cycles for the lead and sweep bikes, HS sports for providing chip timing and results. Thanks to Nick Howarth, Andrew Doyle and Daryl Bentley for everything and finally to Steve Houghton for his tireless work organising and promoting the race – well done Steve you certainly deserve that pint of beer now!
We hope you all had a great time and hopefully see you next year!