On a busy day for LERC what with the Belper 30k and the Erewash Triathlon 6 runners made the trip into Leicestershire to race the Hermitage 10k.
This year the race incorporated the Leicestershire and Rutland AAA championships to add extra interest - however none of the Long Eatoners where born or resident in the counties so no medals were up for grabs.
The course is somewhat challenging with 400ft of climb included which does not abate until the mad dash back into Whitick just after 5 miles.
First back for the club was Phil Abbott in 39:35 in 13th followed by Mario Rocchelli in 39:57 and 14th position. The two runners had swapped positions on the road a number of times with Mario pulling out a large lead at half-way only for Phil to claw it all back just by the 5 mile point and the downhill section.
Next back was Phil Thompson in 45:23 and 49th. The 3rd placing for Phil meant that he leapfrogged Mario in the summer league relegating Mario to 4th overall with 2 races to go.
Next to cross the line was the 1st Long Eaton lady - Catherine Rowe. Catherine, tired from back to back races in the week was apprehensive about the hilly course but took it all in her stride finishing in 47:10 as 4th lady and 1st F40 - not bad considering she is actually an F50!
Colin Bostock was next back in 48:41 and 70. Colin has raced every Hermitage 10k from it's inception so was fully aware of what he was about to face. Strangely he seemed to be looking forwards to it with glee.
Damian Cowlishaw finished in 50:47 and 81st and continued his good form with a a course best by over a minute.
The event was finished off with a BBQ, ice creams and some home-made Italian flapjacks. Well, I don't think the recipe is Italian but they were certainly made by one - cheers Mario!
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