MIKE Jeffries spoiled the Burn Road party when he took victory in the Alf Walsh Testimonial/ Old Monks Race at the weekend.
The Billingham Marsh House Harrier beat Burn Road Harriers ace Andrew Minister by just over 34 seconds in the miserable wet conditions on the roads out of Hart village to Monk Hesleden.
Minister had led the 56-strong field out of the village and over Hart Moor with Jeffries hot on his heels.
Following behind were 26 other club members dispersed among the throng of runners heading up the country lane to the Moor track.
Tracy Waller, the club’s top lady, was following the second leading pack including the in-form Paul Wilson, Michael Lamb, Tony Oliver and Bryan Astill.
As the race progressed through the top muddy dene just before Monk Heselden, Jeffries took the lead, with Minister staying close on the fast stretch down the disused railway line.
When entering the lower dene, Jeffries managed to create a gap and hold onto it along the mile of undulating road to the finish and victory in a time of 32.22.
Andy had fought hard to keep in contact with the leader and finished an excellent second in 32.56.
Tracy, who is still gaining fitness after a long lay-off, ran very well for ninth (37.52) winning the ladies race in fine style.
She had been in good company during the race with Wilson fourth (35.28), Lamb fifth (36.32) and Oliver sixth (36.42).
She did attach herself like a limpet toAstill but he just managed to stay ahead finishing eighth (37.44).
The rest of the squad, too numerous to mention their own performances in detail, were Andy Kelly 12th (38.44), Ian Cook 13th and winning the O50 (39.13), Barry Garrington 15th (40.08), John Mansfield 20th (41.22), Richard Hambly 21st (42.03), Kyle Addison 23rd (43.37), Richard Robson 25th (44.09), Mark Addison 28th (45.32), John Newman 29th (45.52), Matty Dawkins 32nd (47.02), Lesley Strickland 37th (48.22), Debbie Corbett 39th (49.06), Lisa Marie Dawkins 40th (49.06), Stephen Armstrong 41st (49.27), Dave Clouston 42nd (49.58), Amy Dixon 46th (51.44), Bruce Caswell 51st (59.22), Gabrielle Stevenson 52nd (59.22), Joanna Norman 54th ( 61.39), Linda Whitaker 56th (72.35)