DANNY Cliffe showed just why he is considered one of Cheshire’s best cross country runners on Saturday.

The former Warrington Athletics Club man, who is now coaching at the club, led the Cheshire team home in the Inter County Cross Country Championships senior men’s race.

He ran superbly to finish 15th in 39mins 55secs as the team finished 11th, with Warrington’s David Watson crossing the line 176th in 45 minutes exactly.

Orla Gregory just missed out on counting for the Cheshire under 15s girls team that won their competition – she finished 33rd in 18mins 2secs but was passed by a teammate in the final 200m for the final counting place.

Jack Marwood was a counter for the under 13s boys, finishing 37th in 14mins 13secs and helping Cheshire to ninth in the team standings. Rhys Croasdale and Rory Gregory finished 176th and 194th respectively.

For the girls, Alice Nicholson and Imogen Wharton’s times counted towards a 32nd-place finish for the Cheshire team – Alice was 98th in 15mins 52secs while Imogen was 172nd in 16mins 33secs.

Imogen’s twin sister Nia also ran, coming home 266th in 17mins 43secs.

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The Cheshire under 13s girls team

The under 17s age group saw Jess Connolly (118th, 24mins 56secs) count for a Cheshire team that finished 18th while Siobhan Gregory (262nd, 29mins 48secs) also competed, as did Joe Roberts (164th, 24mins 36secs) in the men’s race.

Jack Wadsworth and Ben Webb both contributed to the Cheshire team in the under 20s men’s race, finishing 70th and 103rd respectively as the team was 14th in the standings.

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Jack Wadsworth and Ben Webb

Elsewhere, Mervyn Ward picked up an age group win at Sunday’s Chester 10km road race as he was the first over 65s runner to finish – he came home 130th in 41mins 21secs.

Six seconds behind him was Louise Blizzard, whose 135th-place finish was good enough for second in the women’s over 40s standings.

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Mervyn Ward and Louise Blizzard after Sunday's race