THERE were more than 2,000 finishers at the Shell Chester Half Marathon, organised by Ellesmere Port club West Cheshire AC.
Sunday’s big race, which started from the Old Dee Bridge and finished at Chester Racecourse, was won by Wilmslow Running Club member Damian Nicholls in one hour, 10 minutes and 55 seconds.
Nicholls finished nearly two minutes ahead of second-placed Alan Woods (Wirral AC) who posted 1.11:09, and Xavier Desse (Wirral AC) who was third in 1.13:57.
Marilyn Kitching (Tattenhall Runners) convincingly won the women’s race with a time of 1.19:16.
The Wrexham-based Wales international finished more than seven minutes clear of second-placed Nicky Lowe (South Cheshire Harriers) who clocked 1.26:18.
Wirral AC won the men’s team prize and Parbold claimed the female team award.
West Cheshire AC finishers were headed by Andrew Clague, who clocked 1.18:31 for 19th position ahead of Jeff McQueen (41st in 1.23:29), Ben Rees (51st in 1.24:30), Christopher Cain (274th in 1.34:56), Neil Hershaw (283rd in 1.35:12), Neil McIntyre (382nd in 1.37:41); Michael Gandy (1.39:48); Brian Beattie (473rd in 1.41:27); Andrew Thompson (553rd in 1.42:41); Mark Gould (558th in 1.43:47); Robert Little (595th in 1.44:26) and Tony Hill (2.05:14).
Julie Wood was West Cheshire’s first female finisher, reaching the line in 885th position with a time of 1.49:40, ahead of Lisa Ayling (1.55:13), Kathleen Osborne (1.59:23), Catherine Ogilvie (2.14:37), Jayne Noble (2.18:43) and Paula Jones (2.21:45).
Ellesmere Port Running Club’s contingent was led home by Graham Earlam (62nd in 1.25:18). Club colleague Michael Burns was not far behind in 1.26:18 (75th).
On the morning of the race, families also lined up for a fun run which enabled youngsters to get their own taste of the action.
For a full list of results, visit www.westcheshireac.co.uk .