RUNNING: SOUTH Cheshire Harriers took part in the 21st annual Cheddleton 10km Christmas Pudding Race on Saturday.
The course, a three-lap traffic-free route around country lanes, was challenging, but Ian Ankers made light work of it when he powered home in 41:20.
He was closely followed by Dave McGrath in 42:55, and Paul Brownbill in 43:25. Mike Cutler and Jason Dix brought the Harriers home, while Stella Anderson and Sally Ankers represented the women.
Meanwhile, Tony Salthouse was elected as the next Harriers president at the club's AGM on Thursday. Tony, a founder member of the club in 1986, has previously fulfilled the role of secretary and replaces Melvyn Cole who has decided to step down.
Pete Mallinson is the club's runner of the year, Mike Hatton excelled in the 40-44 age group, while the meeting was told that Cutler clocked up an astonishing 80 races so far this year.
The club, which has 70 members, trains from the Oakley Centre, Crewe, at 7pm every Tuesday and Thursday.
The Cheshire Cross Country Championships are to be held on Saturday, January 15, at Knights Grange, Winsford. The first six in each race will be selected to run in their age group for Cheshire in the Inter-Counties Champion-ships on March 5, at Nottingham, which will be screened live on Sky TV. More than 500 people are expected to take part in distances from 2km-11km. Visit www.cheshireaa.com or phone race organiser Shaun McGrath on 01606 592746.