LERC had a hugely successful evening at the Trent 5 on Wednesday, as the club came away from the local 5 mile race with prizes for first male and female teams, the top 3 male finishers, the first and third female finishers and the first male V40. Long Eaton runners made up almost a fifth of the entire 195 person field, as 28 LERC men and 9 women took to the paths and riverside trails beside the river Trent and the Beeston canal, with 7 personal bests being recorded along the way.
Conditions were a little windy, but it was a warm night and not at all bad for running, as long as the threatened rain held off. The race began close to Beeston marina and the first mile involved runners starting off along a quiet residential road before crossing the canal and running back towards the river. The course then followed the riverside path up to Clifton Bridge, before hitting some more quiet roads until the loop met the canal towpath for a final mile and half to the finish.
Long Eaton runners led the race from the off, as Andy McNeill and myself made a solid start, opening up a gap between ourselves and a second group comprising of two Notts AC runners and LERCís Andy Peat. Andy Mac and I shared the lead until a mile to go, when I moved to the front and eventually crossed the line in first place (27:51). Andy Mac was second, and first V40 (28:01), while Andy Peat had moved away from his Notts rivals to close the gap and place a comfortable 3rd (28:07). With three to score for the team, that meant an LERC clean sweep and first team prize.
Ian Chant (6th in 29:47) and Mark Tilling (7th in 30:14) also finished in the top 10, with Ian picking up the first V40 prize (Andy Mac had claimed a senior prize, making himself ineligible). Indeed, LERC packed out the top 20, with Paddy Fitzgerald (12th), Pete Webb (17th) and John Hughes (18th) all finishing well. The latter two were rewarded with pbs for their efforts and there were further pbs for Paul Burchell, Christian Wingate, Martin Matthews, Dave Harper and Timothy Peverett as well as a spate of other fast times.
Natalie Teece (26th overall in 32:48), in fine form following a 10k pb at the weekend and an excellent London marathon run last month, finished as first woman and was joined in the top 3 female finishers by Sarah Terry (53rd in 35:42). Jodie Smith, like Nat a member of the winning team at Sinfin recently, made up the victorious trio, placing 68th overall in 36:34. There were also strong runs from Cath Benson, Dawn Blatherwick, Nina Iacovitti, Vicky Parker, Laura Froggatt and Karen Preston.
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