East Mids Cross Country League Race 1
The prospect of homemade flapjacks, a crisp autumn morning and a dry, expertly marked out course encouraged plenty of Long Eaton runners to turn out for the club's home East Midlands Cross Country League fixture on Sunday 24th October. Like at the Booth's cross country league the previous week, the Long Eaton men outnumbered the women, but, happily, just as at Shipley Park, the club were able to boast a race winner on the day, as Sharon Orridge produced a classy run to take the women's race. She was followed home by Sarah Priestly, Cheryl Brown and Rachel Argent, with all four team members completing the course in under 30 minutes.
For the men, Blaine Crawford returned to racing and finished an excellent 13th, behind some very strong runners from the University of Nottingham. He led home a 20-strong contingent of LERCers, with Andy Peat only one place behind, with Rob Fox and Ian Chant completing the scoring four. The next four over the finish line were a quartet of “vets”, with Paddy Fitzgerald leading the charge, closely followed by Rich Wilkinson, Dave Boot and Alan Maplethorpe. Pete Webb, who'd got lost on his way to Shipley Park and missed the race as a result, managed to find his way to the start line and produced a strong finish to ensure that he was the 9th man over the line in under 40 minutes.
Further down the field there were still more strong performances, with Mark Lay, Dave Riley, Chris Garratt, James Ablewhite and Will Chang battling there way around the undulating course. They all managed to stay ahead of captain Shaun Burton and David Weston, while Ashok Patel and Damian Cowlishaw engaged in their own mini-race, with Ash the victor. Upon handing in his finishing position, he sportingly suggested that a search party be sent out to look for Damian, but fortunately Damian was able to retort that he'd been finished for some time. John Adams and Nathan Barnett completed the LERC team in what was an excellent promotion and brilliantly organised event.
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