Bolton’s Tom Carson bettered his 2011 time by well over a minute and this helped him to a convincing win after his 3rd place last year. The margin of victory was just as convincing in the Ladies race, with Louisa Thompson of Leigh scoring back to back wins after her recent 5K win at Leverhulme Park, this time from Horwich’s Rachael Thompson.
On the day, Carson, Shay Walker and Mark Swanell gave Bolton the team prize. Martin Jones, Dave Jackson and Peter Rice gave Horwich the vets prize. For the ladies, Thompson, Angela Allen and Bethany Jones easily won the team prize for Leigh. Burnden convincingly won the Vets – Kirsty Normanton, Isaline Kneale and Lesley Fisher counted.
For the Grand Prix, Bolton had their first 10 counters in the top 40 to give them a win from Horwich, whose first 6 vets produced a strong showing to win the Vets category from Burnden. Leigh’s first 4 ladies gave them the win from Burnden by the narrowest of margins. Burnden took the B team honours in a close affair from Bolton.
Individual firsts: F35 – Donna Cartwright, F40 – Angela Allen, F45 – Isaline Kneale, F50 – Lesley Fisher, F55 – Eileen Castledine, F60 – Sue Reah (unattached), LJ – Bethany Jones, L17 – Emma Holden.
M40 – Shay Walker, M45 – Peter Rice, M50 – Steve Nolan, M55 - Rudolf Maciejkowicz, M60 – David Burke, M65 – Kevin O’Brien (Clayton-le-Moors), M70 – Malcolm Towler (Northern Vets), MJ – Rob Short.
The rain had all eased off by the time of the race and runners were pleased to receive their technical running t-shirt at the finish. Many also received spot prizes. A big thanks to race sponsor Up & Running. Burnden thank chief race organiser Stew Jones for putting together such a well run event. We are especially grateful to the local Cadets who played a great role, turning up early in miserable weather to help marshal the course.