It was a brilliant weekend of competitive action for Buckley Runners who recorded victories in every category of the latest Borders Road Race League meeting in Birkenhead Park.

In the men's Division One section, the Flintshire club boasted seven finishers among the top 30 to stretch their lead over Wallasey AC by another 62 points.

Ricky Challinor (28:59) led the way for Buckley with a fifth place finish on the 5.5 mile course, just behind Deesider Lee Jones (28:39) in fourth.

Buckley's other top performers in the race were Elliot Cox (30:25), Phil Pumford (30:34), Jez Brown (30:42), David White (30:43), Sean Truett (31:04) and Sam Bellis (31:05).

Further success followed in the women's category as Buckley returned to the top of the Division One standings.

Jen Adams (35:26) was the club's fastest female finisher, placing fourth in the ladies race behind Deeside AC's Rheagan Edwards (35:15).

Meanwhile, Buckley victories in both Veterans’ team competitions enhanced already significant leads in the league standings.

Wrexham AC's men's team enhanced their Division Two title credentials, posting the best results of the day by virtue of having five runners in the top 20.

James Mills (28:48) was his club's pacesetter and claimed fifth place ahead of Ryan Davis (seventh in 29:01), Luke Northall (10th in 29:22), Daniel Weston (16th in 30:19) and Joel Gomes (19th in 30:32).

Deestriders were well-represented with a 15-strong team in action on the Wirral.

Scott Nixon (31:03) led the charge , followed by Nick Bartley (32.51), Steve Thomas (34.19), and Dave Toft (38.14).

The club's women's team boosted their hopes of promotion to Division One as Jay Jennions (37:44) recorded a 10th place finish finishing, while Lisa Cooper and Linda Martin both cracked the top 40 for the scorecard with impressive times of 41.47 and 42.06 respectively.

There were five Deestriders members brave enough to take on the gruelling 51-mile Chester Ultra, which started and ended in Waverton.

Nigel Parr excelled with his time of 8:36:00, finishing 16th in a 363-strong field, while Martin Witty (10:05:00) also placed among the top 100.

Two of the club’s fastest women, Christine Cammillare and Andrea Wadcock-Parr ran together for an excellent 10:56:00 finish, and Paul Lewtey (11:38:00) followed on.

Three of the Deestriders cohort ran the Anglesey Half Marathon where Mark Derbyshire ran a solid time of 1:43:00, with Sally-Ann O’Neil (1.47:00) and Mike Norris (2:05:00) following on.

David Millington was Wrexham AC's sole representative at the race, running a time of 1:34:24 to finish just outside the top 100.

Wrexham trio Amanda Cook, Ian Broadhurst and Ian Robinson each claimed podium places at the Masters Inter Area Challenge in the Lee Valley.

W40 athlete Cook placed second in the triple jump with a leap of 8.59 metres, while Broadhurst also took silver when he clocked 27.49 seconds in the M60 200m race.

Rbinson finished third in the M70 high jump event after clearing 1.02 metres.

Ryan Davis stormed to a new PB at the latest Erddig ParkRun, where the Wrexham AC man clocked an impressive 16:31 on the 5k course.

Daniel Weston (18:12) Andy Jones (18:58) were second and fourth respectively, with teenage Wrexham clubmate John Atkinson (21:15) home in 13th.

North east Wales athletes will be in action at the Inter Counties XC Championships in Loughborough on Saturday morning.

The Chester 10k starts at 9.30am on Sunday, with the Liverpool Half marathon set for a 9am start from the city's Pier Head.