A busy weekend of racing

A hectic weekend of racing for Long Eaton Running Club started on Saturday 12th November with the English Cross Country Relay Championships at Berry Hill in Mansfield. In the 3 x 3km Ladies event, Ellen Ensor, Catherine Benson and Lynn Andrews all ran well, with the team finishing 62nd of the 97 teams competing. In the 4 x 5km Menís event, Rod Harris, John Birch, Richard Wilkinson and Ian Adkin again put in good performances to finish 89th out of 155 teams and LERCís second team of Alan Maplethorpe, Chris Robson, Graham Whitt and Sean Burton rounding off the day to finish in 126th place.

Sunday saw cross country action at Holme Pierrepont with the father and son double act of Alan and Luke Seamer coming in first and second for the club in 6th and 17th positions respectively. Sean Burton, in his last race as a senior, brought home the Long Eaton contingent. In the Ladies, Becca Knowles finished as the clubís sole lady representative in 24th place.

Meanwhile, over in Derbyshire, another huge club squad was competing in the 35 mile High Peak Trail Relay. In the Ladies, good runs from, amongst others, Jodie Wilkes and Caz Peal led the ladies to 8th team overall, with the two menís teams finishing in 5th and 14th places overall, with Neil Renault and Stuart Bates having particularly fine runs.

Lastly, Phil Walters and Colin Bostock made the most of the great fell running conditions in the 15m Roaches fell race in Staffordshire, with Walters finishing in 3h 2m in 112th place and Bostock a few minutes and places later in 3h 15m, a good time for a debut in this tough classic.


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