STEVE Crowe powered his way to victory in round five of the Borders Road Running League at Mold.
The Ellesmere Port Running Club member scored a magnificent first place in 26 minutes and 43 seconds.
Another excellent run saw EPRC's Simon Jeffs sprint home in 28:43 for his highest-placed finish of the series to date.
He was quickly followed by Denis Duret (29:32), who just managed to stay ahead of the fast-finishing John Fiddler (29:35, first vet 55).
Keith Jones (30:52) took great pleasure in beating his rival and running partner, Paul Robertson (31:31), with Nicky Bird (31:08, first senior lady) finishing in between.
Although a little jaded from his exertions at the Rhayader 20-mile race the previous day, Matt Whitfield (32:05) was still too strong and quick for Danny Legg (32:29).
Dave Nalder (33:08) is clearly benefiting from his personal trainer's course and was able to put clear light between him and his nearest rivals John Hawker (34:13) and John Jennings (34:27). Running steady races as part of their continued build up to the London Marathon were Alison Macdonald (36:26), Madelaine Bird (38:49) and Nigel Crieri (43:01), with Borders League stalwart Les Jones battling against injury to record 40:48.
EPRC's senior men's and veteran men's teams both remain in third place, but due to having only three scoring runners, the ladies team slipped to bottom of the table and put themselves in pole position for rele gation.
* Matt Whitfield continued his hugely impressive recent form by storming home in a time of two hours, 24 minutes and 16 seconds to finish 40th overall in the Rhayader 20-mile race in mid-Wales.
Supporting Matt was Nicky Bird, who took the opportunity to compete in the supporting five-mile event as warm up for the following day's Borders League race.
* Mark Dodd travelled cross country to Yorkshire to take part in the Spen 20-miler in the hope of attaining his club's 20-mile road race record, currently held by Steve C rowe.
Despite putting in a battling performance, Mark's hopes of going under two hours and six minutes were dashed by the extreme weather conditions on race day. Un-deterred, Mark kept his composure to finish in a superb 2:16.55.