ATHLETICS: WEST Cheshire AC finished just one point away from the men's team prize at the Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race.
The quartet of Ken Begley, Graham McNeill, Dave Alexander and Paul Frodsham secured joint second spot with Liverpool Harriers on 73 points - one point adrift of winners Wilmslow.
Begley completed the circuit in a time of 27 minutes four seconds for 11th position.
McNeill finished 12th in 27:15, Alexander grabbed 20th spot in 27:36 and Frodsham finished 31st in 28:21.
Liverpool Harriers' quartet of team finishers were Simon McKevitt (fourth in 25:53), Richard Shearer (eighth in 26:47), Anthony Clarke (27th in 28:03), and Keith Hatton (36th in 28:57).
England international Bashir Hussain, representing Stockport Harriers, won the race in a time of 25 minutes nine seconds, from runner-up and former winner Nick Jones, of Salford Harriers, in 25:19, and third-placed Nathan Vengda-salem, of Liverpool Pembroke Sefton AC, who picked up the top veteran over-40 prize after clocking 25:37.
John Wycherley, of Helsby, secured the first veteran over-45 prize after clocking 26:56, and Upton High School pupil Jason McGonigle, representing Warrington AC, won the junior men's prize after posting 28:37.
Helen Lawrence, of Wirral AC, won the senior ladies' race after clocking 27:59, ahead of Ellesmere Port RC's Nicky Bird, in 29:54, and third-placed Emma Parry, of Wrexham AC, who clocked 30:39.
Husband and wife Fred and Beryl Mottram, representing Pensby, both picked up prizes.
Fred topped the veteran over-70 category and Beryl secured the over-65 prize, while Val Mackin, of Birkenhead AC, won the over-60 prize.
West Cheshire AC's Laura Bestow finished first in the under-20 junior age-group category with a time of 34 minutes 12 seconds.
Other West Cheshire AC finishers included Andrew Clague, 58th in 29:49, and Clive Donovan, 92nd in 31:11.
Many West Cheshire AC members will be representing Cheshire at Sunday's National Sportshall Finals at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena.
West Cheshire AC's juniors have been the most successful of all youngsters competing during the winter months in the North West region.
Under the guidance of Tim Dur-rant, they qualified to compete in all six age group league finals for the first time in the club's history.
Twelve under-11 girls steered West Cheshire to fourth spot in the North West League final.
Danielle Bentley launched the javelin to the best distance, and scored an equal top mark in the speed bounce event.
Aiden Stoakley partnered Chris Boswell to success in the under-11 boys 2x1 lap event.
Tom Price scored a hat-trick of individual gold medal successes, alongside Sam Bateson who achieved two gold and one silver-medal performances.
Carl Van Schie attained a gold, silver and bronze awards, and James Callaghan hit 12.09m for a deserved gold medal in the shot competition.
Other medallists at the North West Finals included Stephanie Owens, who took a gold medal from the under-13 girls' shot.
Rebecca Grimes secured a silver medal from the four-lap and Kerry Riley won a silver medal in the speed bounce, while Daisy Flynn-Piercy took bronze from the two-lap and vertical jump events.
Huw Williams attained top spot in the under-13 boys' speed bounce, while Jeremy Wilderspin launched himself to a gold medal in the standing long jump and bronze in the standing triple jump.
Andrew Whitton hop, stepped and jumped to gold in the standing triple jump and grabbed a bronze from the four-lap.
Gareth Preston took silver medals from the two-lap and standing long jump, and a bronze medal from the shot, while Jeremy Stothart grabbed a silver medal from the speed bounce.
Rachel Stoakley (two-lap) and Helen Clowes (standing triple jump), celebrated gold-medal success stories at Wigan in the under-15 girls' competition.
Lauren Hunt collected a silver medal from the shot event, Charlotte Roach grabbed silver from the six-lap and Hayley Daltrey took bronze from the six-lap.
Fixtures this weekend include the National Sportshall Championship Finals at Birmingham's NIA on Sunday - the same day as the London Marathon - and a Liverpool Harriers open track and field meeting at Wavertree.
West Cheshire AC committee members are reminded of the next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 20 (7pm start).
Entries are now being received for this year's Cheshire County AA Track and Field Championships at Warrington on Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16. Forms can be obtained from West Cheshire AC coaches.
Closing date for entries is April 30, but entries have now closed for this year's Shell Chester Half Marathon after exceeding the race limit of 2,500.
Further details about West Cheshire AC can be obtained from Dennis Wall on 0151 201 1254.
Nick Holmes, of Tattenhall Runners, went to the Llantysilio fell race and finished 23rd in 61 minutes.
In the Chester Spring Five, Justin Realff was first for the club in 81st spot in 30:27, followed by Mark Smith 114th in 32:10, Nick Holmes 115th in 32:14, Dave Ratcliffe 138th in 33:33, Greg Berti 172nd in 34:31, Sandra Owen 195th in 35:30, Tessa Swaine 283rd in 41:25 and Derek Clague 292nd in 42:00.
Justin Realff, Peter Marshall and Helen Woodley represent the club in Sunday's London Marathon.
The Christleton 5K race is on Friday, May 14 and entry forms are available on the Tattenhall Runners' website.