TATTENHALL Runners’ female members set the early-season pace at the Chester Spring Five.
The five-mile race is the first event in the Cheshire Road Runners Grand Prix of 2010 – and Tattenhall’s women’s team were on top form.
Jo Marsden led home the club’s eight-strong women’s contingent at the Cheshire County Sports Club in a quick 32 minutes and 44 seconds for eighth place. Emma Baker was 15th in 33:53 and Alison Smith 22nd in 34:43, the trio taking home the ladies prize.
Relative newcomers Ashleigh Eaton and Laura Ashford put in fine performances, coming in 55th and 62nd, before a duo of Sharons – Basford and Eaton – came 66th and 72nd, with Helen Jones in 106th.
Tattenhall’s two male entrants were Simon Ellis, 92nd in 32:48, and injury-hit Rob Webster, 196th in 38:50.
At the Borders League meeting in Prestatyn on Sunday, Marilyn Kitching covered the flat five-mile curse in 30:28 to finish as the first lady.
There were top-20 finishes for Alison Smith (10th in 35:39), Emma Baker (14th in 36:35) and Jen Chambers (18th in 37:03).
Mark Smith was in 82nd (34:06) and Mike McCorkell 100th and 35:26.
The final four counters for the club were separated by only 11 places – Tim Charmley (119th), Martin Durrant (122nd), Andy Blair (125th) and Dave Oldfield (130th).