TIM Ellis dominated the second half of the Bolton 10K to stormtoathirdvictory in eight days.

The 25-year-old Edgworth Cricket and Recreation Club ace, flush with victory from the Wardle Skyline fell race and the HaworthBunnyRun in the previous week, took the lead on the undulating park section in the middle of the the race and extended his lead over the final quarter.

He eventually powered homein32mins41secs–more than half a minute ahead of Lancaster’s Steve Worthington (33.16). Salford Harrier Nathan Kilcourse edged out team-mate David Lockett for the final podiumposition.

Tom Carson led the hosts, BoltonHarriers, to a narrow team victory over Salford.He ledanearlybreakawaygroup before finishing fifth in 34.20 withteam-matesMarkSwannell (35.08) and Shay Walker (35.14) sixth and seventh.

Arguably the performance of the day was 15-year-old Jonothan Kay’s 35.43, who finished ninth overall.

In the women’s race, Trentham RC’s Sharleen Hollinshead (37.52) finished almost twominutes ahead of the field, although there was a dramatic sprint finish for second place with Liz Burrows edging out Wirral AC’s Lisa Grantham. Swinton RC claimed the women’s team prize Edgworth CRC’s Kate Ellis ran 44.36 to finish 10thfemale (2nd Vet 45) in her first competitiveouting of the year.

In the absenceof last year’s winner, formerBoltonHarriers president Nick Howarth wore the number one vest.

Having almost single-handedly organised all the previous races, he was running BUH’s main home race for the first time in 15 years and finishedin40mins56secs.His service was recognisedat the presentation ceremony when organiser Steve Houghton presented him with a commemorative award.

Other notable Bolton performances in the field of 733 runners were: Craig MacKenzie (43.23. M50), Ken Fowler (41.10. M55), Frazer Doyle (41.45, MJ) and Caroline Scholes (43.31, F35), who all finished second in their respective age groups.Bill Miller (56.22), Kaan Rassad (41.14), Shaun Lomax (50.42), Julie Lomax (51.30) and Nathan Lee (44.24)completed thehome team.

At 73, Horwich RMI’s Ed Corley was the oldest runner in the race. He clocked 53.18 to finish 286th.

Burnden Road Runners fielded eight members, with Anne Ferguson (45.12) and Alan Worthington (43.22 – M50) winning their respective v50 categories.

Bolton registered a team one-two in the one-mile fun run. Hannah MacKenzie and Luke Entwistle led home a chasingpackof more than 60 juniors.

Runners can view the full results and their photos via the Bolton 10K website at www.bolton10k.co.uk.

! Eight Bolton Harriers ran the London Marathon, JamesRideout the pickof the bunch, recording a personal best time of 3.05:25. Andrew Doyle (3.11:45) also set a personal best and was followed home by Chris Povey (3.56:19), Keiran Hynes (4.29:59), David Huddleston (5.48.01), Angela Pilling (6.10:44), Tina Holt (6.10:44) andLesleyHarwood(6.30:59).