The month of July has been action packed for the runners of Long Eaton Running Club, with notable successes for teams and individuals alike.
The month got off to a fantastic start with the conclusion of the annual Heritage Series, which comprises of 4 races of 10k, 5k, 4m and 5m over 10 days and is promoted by Holme Pierrepont Running Club. The fact that all of the races in the series are included within LERCís Summer League ensured a bumper turnout from LERCers. In recent years, the menís team competition has been dominated by LERC, but in 2012 it was the womenís team that took the honours, as the trio of Natalie Teece, Sarah Terry and Jodie Smith prevailed over a Formula One team by almost 17 minutes. A menís team of Andy Peat, Mark Boot and Mark Tilling were narrowly beaten by a strong Redhill outfit, but could be satisfied with the fact that they finished 7 of the 18 completed teams. On an individual level, the series couldnít have gone any better, with Andy Peat performing majestically to take the overall series and doing so in fine style by winning the final 3 races by very large margins. Natalie Teece led home the women with a superb 2nd overall, while there were age group placings for Paddy Fitgerald (3rd M40), Rich Wilkinson (3rd M50) and Jackie Mather (1st W50).
Later in the month came Newstead Abbey Dash, formerly a 3 mile race that was extended to 5k for 2012 as it hosted the Nottinghamshire county 5k championships. Andy Peat again demonstrated his excellent form to knock an enormous chunk off his pb and smash the 16 minute barrier to take a much-deserved county silver medal in 15:49. Jackie Mather also took home a medal, winning the W50 category with a time of 20:55, while Rich Wilkinson added a county bronze to his expanding collection. There were also a glut of pbs and excellent runs from the likes of Andy McNeill (16:25 for 3rd M40), Mark Boot (17:17 pb), Rob Allen, Damian Cowlishaw, Rachel Argent, Leanne Smith, Carrie Chan and Nicola Greensmith.
The following day, LERC were represented at the British Mastersí Track and Field Championships by the evergreen Sarah Harris and Rob Fox, who both took part in the 1500m. Sarah recorded an excellent pb of 4:36.82 to take the national title in impressive fashion, while Rob ran a similar time in his race (4:38.10) to take 6th in a competitive field. Rob returned the following day to take 7th in the 5000m in 17:50.44.
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