Three PB's for Long Eaton runners were set at this race and good times recorded by those who were tackling the distance of 18.6 miles for the first time.
However the race was overshadowed by the news that club member Ian Waterhouse had suddenly and unexpectedly passed away.
The funeral took place on the 7th of February with 20 club members attending with Ian's family and friends to pay their respects. Ian, who was only 46 was also a member of climbing clubs as well as the Running Club, will be missed. The Running Club send their condolences to Ian's family and offer Ian's wife, Caroline, also a Long Eaton runner their sympathy and hope she will run with the club again before too long.
Paul Lewis was back first for Long Eaton in just under 2 hours, Sean Matthews achieved a PB in 2:03:23, speedy silver fox, Ian Adkin was 35th, Richard Hill was next in 2:07:54, and a rare outing for David Wilkinson saw him finish 70th, Paddy Fitzgerald and Ash Patel were 77th and 122nd respectively, debut boy Phil Abbott had a fine 2:26:06, with Glen Coleman nursing a sore knee only 30 seconds behind Phil. Also debuting was John Hay beating the 2 and half hour mark. Colin Bostock who never takes a weekend off recorded a fine 2:33. Peter Fowles, Richard McKie and Pete Thorburn also completing the undulating Course.
The Ladies were lead home once again by Monica Fee who by recording 2:21:30 beating half the men! Vicky Yeomans came home in 2:40:39 and both Debbie “the Hills” Parker and Barbara Bostock both recorded personal bests.
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