Bumper Spring Weekend
Belvoir Half Marathon
Four races took place on Sunday 30th March 2008. The best attended of the races by the club; particularly from the men was the Belvoir Half Marathon. This half marathon is a very attractive, rural and potential personal best course. True to form, personal bests and course bests were achieved aplenty. Ian Chant was first home for the club in a personal best time of 1:22:46, finishing in 22nd position. John Birch finished in 24th position in a time of 1:24:05. Gareth Watson finished in 58th position in 1:28:41.
Monica Fee was next home for the club, finishing in a new personal best time of 1:33:07, closely followed by Ash Patel who finished in a new course best time of 1:33:43. Martin Way completed the course in 1:36:38. Shaun Burton achieved a new course best time, finishing in 1:38:33. Paul Gillingwater was next home for the club, finishing in 1:40:21. Caroline Waterhouse finished in a new personal best time of 1:42:45. Catherine Rowe finished in a time of 1:46:27, closely followed by Bill Sheppard in a time of 1:48:48.
Damien Cowlishaw finished in a course best time of 1:50:23. Richard Mckie achieved a new personal best time of 1:53:10. Duncan Gedge, who was feeling under the weather, put in a valiant effort to complete the course in 1:56:40. Carole Birch who was representing her first club, Wirksworth, finished in 2:02:34 and Barbara Bostock finished in 2:14:31.
Also on Sunday was the Weston 5 mile race in Derbyshire, which was also well attended by the club. Rob Fox was first home for the club in 30:54, followed closely by Dave Boot who finished in 31:55. Jon Hughes finished in 32:40, followed by Mark Boot in 33:59. Richard Hill finished just ahead of Chris Dodd in a time of 34:35, with Chris finishing in a course best time of 34:57. Adrian Keen finished three seconds behind Chris. Paul Burchell finished in 36:16, followed by Rob Smith in a time of 38:02.
Chris Bradley completed the course in 39:05, with Debbie Coleman finishing in 43:30. Lucy Wright and Jody Smith completed the course in 49:25 and 49:26 respectively with Jim Stevenson arriving home in 54:28.
Over in Leicestershire Phil Abbott competed in the Equinox 14 road race. The race is a 14.2 mile undulating course set both on and off road. Phil put in a brilliant performance to finish second overall, setting a new half marathon personal best time of 1:28:05 in the process. He completed the Equinox 14 in a new course best time of 1:35:00.
Over on the fells, three LERCers took on the Edale Skyline – a 21 mile fell race with 4500 feet of climbs. Despite the weather being favourable, the conditions were difficult underfoot. Glen Coleman was first home for the club, finishing 62nd overall in a time of 3:42:40. Phil Walters completed the course in 4:12:03, finishing 138th overall. Colin Bostock finished in a time of 5:26:10.
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