RUNNING: ELLESMERE Port Running Club's Nicky Bird bounced back from injury to smash the course record at the 14th Helena Tipping Memorial 10K in Wrexham.
Following a month out with a foot injury, Nicky made a last-minute decision to run the race and won in superb style, clocking a personal best of 37:28 to shave 45 seconds off the course's previous record.
Nicky was joined by 10 teammates and Alison MacDonald's 43.55 was good enough to give her runners-up spot in the Lady Vets 35 category.
In the men's race, a strong field was evident as the race incorporated the North Wales 10K Championship.
Of the Ellesmere Port finishers, once again there was no separating Ian Cooper and Steve Crowe with Ian holding off Steve by the narrowest of margins to finish 14th in 35.07, and Steve finishing a second later for 15th position in a pb 35.08.
Tony Hyland was next home in an excellent 36.40 (22nd) while Paul Robertson clocked 37.08 to claim 28th position.
Chris Marshall, fresh from a cross-country race in Liverpool just a day earlier, tackled the course in a great 39.06 for 43rd place.
Alan Durston showed signs of an improvement in form, finishing in 87th position in a time of 43.54. Kevin Curtis produced the pick of the performances after running a pb of 44.26 (94th), knocking a massive 2.42 off his last 10K race in September.
Chris Bennion followed in 46.45 (129th) and Eric Corker crossed the finish line in 50.27 to claim 173rd position. Anyone wishing to join the Ellesmere Port Running Club can come down to the Whitby Sports & Social Club foyer on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6.45pm to start running at 7pm. Look out for more pictures from West Cheshire AC's Open Junior Cross-Country Race Series in next week's Pioneer.