ANDREW Starkey was at the head of the pack for West Cheshire AC at at the latest Borders Road Running League fixture, staged at Birkenhead Park.
Starkey finished 31st in 32 minutes 28 seconds.
He was followed by club-mates Jeff McQueen (34th in 32:35); Mark Davies (36th in 32:52); Andrew Clague (37th in 32:54); Neil Hershaw (46th in 33:17); Rob Little (66th in 33:59); Dave Tiernan (83rd in 34:38); Robert Freeman (90th in 34:52); Joe Foy (112th in 36:01); Alec Jervis (114th in 36:13); Steve Cunningham (123rd in 36:37); Richard Batterham (181st in 39:22); Tony Kennedy (197th in 40:15); Dave Hough (198th in 40:19); Lisa Davies (28th lady and 212th overall in 41:06); Mike Perchard (241st in 43:17); Brian Beattie (267th in 45:41); and Ian Cook (295th in 55:11).
There were several tired legs for Tattenhall Runners athletes in Birkenhead. Many had taken part in the previous day’s North Wales Cross Country League fourth round fixture at Lilleshall.
A strong Tattenhall team in the ladies competition at Lilleshall was led home by Emma Baker in 11th place, supported by Sara Atkinson (14th), Alison Smith (16th), Sue Ellis (43rd), Grace Hart (55th) and Jen Chambers (65th).
The men’s team was in excellent form, finishing second in the team competition.
Peter Taylor (15th) and Alistair McNay (19th) both revelled in the increasingly muddy conditions, with the other four team counters being Andy Sudlow (29th), Simon Ellis (36th), Rob Arden (55th) and Mark Smith (71st).
Sudlow was the club’s star performer in the Borders League the following day, completing the course in 31:17 in 15th place, ahead of McNay (35th), Ewan Edmondson (78th), Jon Pritchard (95th) and Smith (101st).
There was another excellent run from Liz Renondeau (115th), Tattenhall’s first lady finisher.
Forty Chester Triathlon Club runners took part in the Borders League action at Birkenhead.
Tom Atkinson was the club’s first finisher, just under the half hour in 29:59, to finish in 5th place.
Close behind him was Chris Standidge (30:26, 8th), while Mark Gittins and Rob Grantham were neck-and-neck all the way round, finally finishing in 11th and 12th places in 30:53 and 30:55 respectively.
All 10 team counters finished within four minutes of each other, with Andy Howarth next in 32:56, followed by Neil Pownall (33:40), Steve Walker (33:50), Kevin Dandy (33:55), Neil Thomas (34:04) and William Thomas (34:06).
Lisa Grantham was once again the club’s fastest woman, finishing fourth overall in 34:50, followed by Jan Rogers (37:43, winner of her age group), then Andrea Mageean (38:09) and Gina Riley (39:24).