Epperstone NRRL 1

On Wednesday 23rd April 2008 23 Long Eaton Runners competed in the first race of the NRRL series and there were many fantastic performances. The course is 5.9 miles, with a steep climb over the first mile. The remainder of the course is undulating, across fields and along roads. Weather conditions were great.

Rod Harris finished 2nd overall in a new personal best time of 31:05. Andy Colegate, who is on great form, achieved his first top 10 finish in the NRRL, finishing 9th overall in a new personal best time of 33:09. There were debuts by Rob Fox and Ian Chant who finished in 34:40 (30th place) and 35:51 (40th place) respectively. Paul Lewis finished 35th overall in 35:24. Phil Abbott achieved a new personal best time of 36:42, finishing 51st. He was closely followed home by Gareth Watson in his debut, who finished in 36:58 and 53rd overall. Patrick Fitzgerald finished in 37:44, followed closely by Jon Hughes who finished in 37:59. Ash Patel narrowly missed out on a new personal best time, finishing in 40:07, with Graham Whitt, who was representing Nottinghamshire Police, one second behind Ash. Rob Easter finished in 40:30, with Brian Jobe on his debut, finishing in 41:31. John Hay, who is currently training for the White Peak Marathon on 17th May 2008, achieved a new personal best time of 42:11. Rob Smith, on his debut completed the course in 42:32, with Shaun Burton achieving a new personal best time of 43:38. Chris Bradley, on his debut finished in 44:35, followed by Colin Bostock in 45:21. Chris Dodd, on his debut finished in 46:45, followed by Damien Cowlishaw, who was recovering from illness finished in 48:05.

As for the girls, Monica Fee achieved a new personal best time of 40:30, finishing 11th overall. Caroline Waterhouse, also achieving a new personal best time of 43:53, finished 27th overall. Vicky Yeomans finished in a new personal best time of 44:55 in 43rd place, with Debbie Coleman finishing in 48:06 in 76th place.

After round one Long Eaton Team results are Senior Men (A) in 2nd place with 167 points and Senior Men (B) are in 19th place with 991 points. Redhill Road Runners are currently leading with 43 points. 29 teams were counted.

The Veteran Mens team are currently 4th with 394 points. 17 teams were counted.

The Senior Ladies team are 7th out of 30 teams with 81 points. Again itís the Redhill Road Runners team who are leading with 19 points.

The next race in the Series is at Holme Pierrepont on 14th May 2008. This is a great Series and a perfect introduction to racing as a Long Eaton Club Runner. Donít tell yourself that youíre not fast enough, anybody can compete in a race and itís a great experience.



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