On a cold and extremely foggy morning, 20 Long Eaton runners found their way to Shipley Country Park for the Heanor 10k pudding race. This was a great turn out considering the slight confusion over whether there was a clash with the Bramcote Park East Mids cross country race (first there was, then there wasn't) and there were unfortunately no entries on the day. A popular, well organised and chipped race consisted of 2 small laps of the industrial area before heading out. Some undulations lead the runners back into Shipley Country Park, before a nice hill to the finish. The prospect of a Matthew Walker Christmas pudding to finishers was all the incentive required to see the athletes over the line.
For the men, Mark Boot, making his debut in this race, came in 1st for Long Eaton with a time of 37.30 and an overall position 16th, while his dad, Dave Boot, was 2nd LERC with 40.45. More debutants followed them, with Peter Askew completing the course in 41.51, Richard Howe in 43.08, Richard Ford in 45.49 and Stephen Grace in 46.50.
Duncan Gedge ran 47.59 followed by Damian Cowlishaw (48.39), who, as ever, was giving great encouragement to the ladies. A PB on his debut for John Adams (49.37) came next, then another 4 debutants: Paul Milner (50.22), Nathan Barnett (54.54), Pete Sturgess (55.08) and Timothy Peverett (55:17). It was great to see Nathan running after ankle problems, strapped up and ready, running quicker than he thought possible with his newborn baby son Oliver and Sarah to support. Congratulations again.
Rachel Argent was the 1st LERC lady back with a time of 49.02, closely followed by Jodie Smith in 2nd, who is returning to racing and ran a brilliant time of 49.56. Clare Grace came in 3rd running 52.23 and Maria White 4th, with a fantastic PB of 52.41. Patricia Allen and Jane Newbold both completed the course in 54.20 followed by Laura Froggatt (58.27). That was an amazing course best and new 10k PB for Jane Newbold, who ran last year in just over 60 minutes.
Well done to all Long Eaton runners and let's hope you all enjoy the Christmas pudding!
(By Rachel Argent)
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