Heanor 10k and Tour of Pendle

Sub-zero temperatures and a heavy frost gave way to perfect November sunshine on Sunday as 18 runners from Long Eaton took part in the 19th Matthew Walker 10k road race and the renowned Heanor Christmas Pudding Run didn't disappoint as they came away with a bagful of goodies between them! A record 561 runners completed the course with Long Eaton Running Club well to the fore as Neil Renault continued his fine form to finish in the prizes in 3rd place, winning a hamper for his time of 32:49, almost a minute in front of LERC's second placed runner, Andy McNeil, who finished in 33:41 and 4th place overall. The veteran men produced an equally bibulous result with Alan Seamer (10th and 3rd M40), Richard Wilkinson (24th), Chris Robson (40th) and Mick McDermott (57th) coming home as 1st Mens Vet Team. In spite of the tough course and cold conditions, there were PBs for Phil Abbot, Andre Vais and Pete Church. In the Ladies, Annette Ellison once again came home first for the club in a time of 46:47.

On Saturday, Phil Walters had continued his quest to complete as many English Long Classics as possible, competing in the Tour of Pendle Fell Race, a 17 mile 4250ft route from Barley near Burnley in Lancashire. The snow dusted moors and freezing winter conditions added an extra seasonal element to the challenge as Walters completed the course in 3 hours 39 minutes and 2 seconds.


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