A STRONG comeback from Mark Dodd following the birth of his daughter Grace saw the Ellesmere Port runner finish 102nd in the Shell Four Villages Half Marathon.
Dodd, who recently took a break from the sport, ran 1.26:05 for Ellesmere Port Running Club.
In all, 16 EPRC runners took part in the 13.1-mile race, which took in the villages of Helsby, Dunham- on-the-Hill, Mouldsworth and Manley.
The undulating course was bathed in sunlight creating ideal running conditions.
Nicky Bird, continuing her good form, was first female EPRC runner home, finishing 131st in 1.27:57.
Next in was Jason Bennett in 185th (1.29:37), then David Nalder (203rd, 1.30:05), Michael Burns (218th, 1.30:41), Paul Ashley (228th, 1.31:07), Jon Cole (270th, 1.32:36) and Matthew Whitfield (320th 1.34:36).