NINETEEN Blue Vests completed the four-mile loop of Haigh Hall in the third Central Lancashire Grand Prix fixture hosted by Wigan Phoenix.
Tommy Harrison showed a clean pair of heels to the 266-strong field, winning by 12 seconds, while John Knowles was first veteran and fifth overall.
Scott Crompton edged into the top 10 and, with Dom Gavin in 12th, the race team collected 27 points – not enough to beat Leigh’s 19.
For the A team (first 10 counters), Paul Mills showcased his continued improvement by finishing 21st and second M50, while M60 winner Ken Fowler bookended the group that saw the race result replicated – Bolton’s 269 eclipsed by Leigh’s 110.
The B team was led by Liv Kearney, with Rachel Bailey and Cecilia Woods among the next six counters.
Bolton maintain a slender lead in the veterans’ standings, but are now playing second fiddle to Burnden and Leigh in the other team tables.
BUH&AC times: Tommy Harrison 22:44, John Knowles 23:42, Scott Crompton 24:50, Dominic Gavin 25:01, Paul Mills 26:22, Chris Pickford 26:43, Dean Johnson 27:49, Peter Kearney 27:59, James Rideout 28:41, Ken Fowler 29:32, Olivia Kearney 30:46, Ged Bretherton 32:18, Rachel Bailey 33:10, Simon Thorne 33:42, David Morrison 34:32, Cecilia Woods 34:35, John Grimshaw 35:24, Gerard Tucker 42:35, Richard Clegg 49:46.
Stretford witnessed some great results from blue-vested competitors at the Greater Manchester County Championships last week.
There was at least one winner in each age-group and several new personal bests.
Among those, Harvey Kenny won the 600m at a canter in 1:53.68 and finally got over four-metre mark in the long jump with 4.29m, which places him third on the under-11s' national rankings.