Charnwood Hills & Alsager 5
In spite of a revised and longer course, Clive Allison came home first Long Eaton runner at the popular Charnwood Hills Race at the weekend, storming through to a top 50 finish in 1 hour 39 minutes and 44th place. The race was won by local Charnwood runner Tim Hartley in a time of 1 hour 22 mins with the route tracking, as usual, over all the notable hills in the vicinity including Beacon Hill, Old John and Broombriggs Hill but with the new course yielding a slightly longer-than-usual distance of 13.7 miles. Long Eaton Running Club had a great turnout with 24 runners, 10 of whom were on their debut at this event. Debutantes Jon Hughes, Richard Wilkinson and Alan Maplethorpe followed Allison home, in times of 1 hour 44 mins (56th), 1 hour 48 mins (81st) and 1 hour 49 (89th) respectively, with Maplethorpe followed home by off-road specialist Phil Walters in the same time – 1 hour 49 mins – but three places further down in 92nd position. First Long Eaton lady home was Marianne Hensman in 195th place and 2 hours 2 mins followed an agonising one minute and two places later by Monica Fee in 2 hours 3 mins and 197th place.
Back on the road meanwhile, training partners Neil Renault, Rod Harris and Andy McNeil made the trip over towards Stoke for the Alsager 5, a race with a reputation for fast times and close competition. Renault once more beat Harris to the line, coming home in 19th place and a blistering 25 minutes 25 seconds followed just three seconds but two places later by Harris in 21st position and 25 minutes 28 seconds. McNeil also broke 26 minutes and came home first V40 in a time of 25 minutes 54 seconds and 25th place, with the trio coming home in 4th place in the team competition. Graham Whitt made up the Long Eaton contingent, finishing in 271st place and a very respectable time of 33 minutes and 45 seconds.
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