Tour De Pembroke?

John Hammond from Long Eaton Running Club wanted to do something different in a running sense before he reached 60 he mentioned this to his friend Phil Wallis who offered a few suggestions and then said “why dont we do the Pembroke Coastal path?”.

“Sound good” said John, “Whats that?”

Well it turns out that the run is the pedestrian equivalent to the Tour de France but set in Wales, with no support vehicles, fewer drugs and no television coverage. The runners have to carry all their kit with them in rucksacks and sleep in various guest houses along the route. Where it does resemble the Tour de France is that they have to push themselves to exhaustion every day for 6 days and as the route is 186 miles long, that's an average of 31 miles per day!

After almost a year of training and the run underway it's suspected that both John and Phil now feel 60.

They started their epic run on the 21st of July and will finish on Friday the 26th. Charity will also benefit from the guys efforts with the Notts and Lincoln Air Ambulance Service and Diabetes the worthy causes John and Phil are running for. If you want to sponsor them please visit www.justgiving.co.uk/philjohn and give them your support.

In other races, LERC attended the 4th race in the Notts road race league in Worksop. Many good performances over the 4.9 miles route saw Paul Lewis first runner home for Long Eaton and 14th overall besting Alan Seamer by 24 seconds with Rich Wilkinson 35th out of the 200 finishers.

The ladies race showed 3 LERC ladies in the top 30 with Vicky Yeomans 23rd, Caroline Waterhouse continuing her rich vein of form in 26th and Catherine Rowe in the V45 category 3rd back for Long Eaton in 29th. Many of the 22 Long Eatoners who took part set very good times over a mainly flat course with the most remarkable thing being not too much rain!



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