One word for this race- WIND. This reporter did his first Notts10, 22 years ago and in that time has done 15 Notts 10's. It was the windiest ever in all that time. The race on the 22nd May was a break from tradition and being held on a Sunday instead of the traditional Friday Night. A good Field of nearly 300 turned up to run the 40th running of the Race.
The Course was also slightly changed with a longer section of approx 2 miles coming back towards the main block before heading off to the right just at the main information board.
The Wind was the main talking point after the runners had crossed the finish line as the last mile was the most exposed and directly in the runner faces which added at least and extra minute for the last mile so if you were averaging 7 mins for the previous 9 miles the last mile would be about 8 mins. As the day was also quite warm when the sun was out when there was a lul in the blustery condidtions the sun was quite strong and the heat took over, if not that short showers and wind made the rain feel like pins being blown into you and at dryer parts of the course dust was being blasted at your skin.
Having said all that the 293 hardy finishers did remarkably well and there were even some PB’s set. Long Eaton had over 20 runners braving the extremes of the weather and set some good times in the conditions. In the Notts County AAA 10m champs, Jackie Mather won gold in her age category for her 71 mins and 76th overall she really wanted to do this race and entered twice to make sure she got in. Also, Al Maplethorpe was 3rd V50, and County bronze medallist. Overall, Blaine Crawford was 1st for LERC in 16th place in his 1st 10 miler which took 61 mins ,just behind Blaine was Andy Peat just a few secs later. Rob Fox once again was 1st V50 for LERC in just under 63 mins. LERC men were the 3rd team in the open race category.
New PBs Were Set by Richard Syson 1:18,Chris Wood 1:15 and Jackie Mather 1:11 and Many Debuts for the 10 mile distance. A bit further down the field John Adams recovering from injury ran with Laura Froggatt and Maria White. Both Laura and Maria were pleased with Johns company as he was chatting to people down the last Windy mile which seemed to put them off and allowed both Girls to pass them!
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