Despite the threat of a repeat of last year's monsoon, firm underfoot conditions and cool weather permitted some impressive performances at Sunday's Bolton 10K. Chris Busaileh, formerly of host club Bolton United Harriers (pictured), returned to his old stomping ground to defeat defending champion and pre-race favourite Anthony Valentine.
Valentine, aiming for his fourth victory at the event, led in the early stages but was overtaken by Herne Hill Harriers' Busaileh at the 4k point. A further kick at the 6km mark up Spooky Hill even caught the lead bikers from MK Cycles by surprise and extended the gap to 130m. Busaileh cruised across the finish line in 33:19 with Valentine less than 30 seconds behind in 33:56. Blackpool's Malc Eadie took third position in 35:19.
The women's race was a cagey affair as the main contenders marked each other for the opening third. Pressure was gradually applied by Angela Allen of Leigh Harriers over the flat middle stint, allowing her to record a convincing win in 40:35, with Wesham's Jo Goorney second (41:21) and Bury's Katie Geelan securing the final podium position (42:08).
Despite some issues with the website prior to the race, organiser Steve Houghton said he was delighted with the way Sunday went: "We've overcome a number of significant hurdles in the lead-up, particularly regarding the website, so it was good to see everything go very smoothly on the day. The club ethos shone through as 30+ members, many of whom would normally compete, brought along family and friends to assist with the event. It's this tremendous support and enthusiasm that created a great atmosphere and allowed it to be successful."
northernrunningguide.com would like to thank Steve Houghton for his input for this race report.