WEST Cheshire AC will be pushing to strengthen their double road running promotion hopes on Sunday.
The Ellesmere Port-based club’s distance-running squad head for Prestatyn where the sixth round of the Borders Road Running League will come under starter’s orders at 11am.
West Cheshire’s ladies, who are currently second in Women’s Division Two, will be planning to strengthen their promotion ambitions.
Sacha Kendall-Woods, Julie Wood, Lisa Ayling, Cath Osborne and Lesley Billingsley will attempt to build on their impressive team performance at the previous round staged at Mold while Jeff McQueen will be focusing his sights on another top 20 finish having achieved 15th spot at Mold in a time of 29 minutes 36 seconds.
He will be supported by the in-form Jeff Kettle, Andrew Clague, Andrew Starkey, Ben Rees, Max Woods, Neil Atkinson, Paul Price, Chris Rhodes, Dave Tiernan, Richard Batterham and Julian Clark.
West Cheshire AC are currently third in Men’s Division Two, but need to secure at least second place to ensure promotion to Division One.
Max Woods ramped up his preparation for the London Marathon by running the 34th Duchy Marathon in Cornwall. The day arrived bright and sunny, but with a punishing cold easterly wind.
The two-lap course included fast flat sections, an undulating exposed cliff top and a couple of long steep hills to test the stamina at the end.
Woods completed the event in a time of three hours 58 minutes to come 103rd out of 202 runners and earn his reward, a hot Cornish pasty.
Rosemary Rogers of West Cheshire won an age category prize and sliced three minutes off her previous best time at the Cloud 8.9 miles Hill Race, featuring 1,250ft of ascent, near Congleton.
Fixtures this weekend include the Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting for youngsters at Sport City, Manchester, on Saturday (10am start).
The Ernie Gallagher Young Athletes Meeting and Tom O'Mahoney Memorial Meeting take place on Sunday at Wavertree, Liverpool.