Athletics: Cold comfort for Moulton's rivals
CARL Moulton shrugged off the after effects of a cold to snatch victory in the Cheadle five-mile road race.
Moulton (Boalloy), Cory Parker (Burton AC) and unattached runner Luke Boulton set the early pace to leave the rest of the 200-strong field trailing.
It was at the four-mile point that Parker and Moulton began to pull away from the flagging Boulton.
And with just over 600 yards to go, 32-year-old Moulton kicked for home to claim his first Cheadle title in a time of 27 minutes and 17 seconds.
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"I am really happy with the win as I have just recovered from a cold, said Moulton, from Butt Lane.
"I am particularly pleased with my form as I have been selected to run for Staffordshire in the Inter-Counties Championships this Saturday."
Parker finished two seconds behind the winner, with Boulton claiming third place in 27.34.
The women's race saw Cheadle resident Rebecca Harrison lead from start to finish to win, but she was pushed all the way.
After quickly establishing a 40-yard advantage over Debbie Thomas (Trentham RC), Cheadle ace Harrison had no problem maintaining her lead until the final downhill stretch back into town.
That was when Thomas began to close the gap, but despite pushing her rival she was unable to pass her.
Harrison won by four seconds in a time of 32 minutes and 52 seconds.
She said: "I went into the race confident, deciding to take it on from the start and it just paid off.
"I am now looking forward to a good run in the Stafford Half Marathon on March 17."
SIMON Bailey (Mercia Fell Runners) delivered a fine performance to claim victory from international fell runner Jack Ross (Staffs Moorlands) in the demanding Congleton Cloud Nine hill race.
Bailey exploited his knowledge of his home patch to take an early lead.
After two miles he held a 60-yard advantage over the 19-year-old Ross as they negotiated the tough climb. The downhill return saw Bailey bound to the finish in a time of 54 minutes 54 seconds.
Ross clocked 55.46 to finish second
Kerry Marchant (Staffs Moorlands) took the women's race in a time of 1.06.50.