A busy weekend for LERC

Long Eaton runners took part in six races over a busy weekend of multi-terrain competition. On Saturday, Phil Walters, Ian Wallis and Colin Bostock took part in the 21 mile Grindleford Gallop which visits various villages and gritstone edges in the Peak District before finishing back where it started in Grindleford. Walters was first home for Long Eaton in 3hrs 5mins followed by Wallis in 3hrs 57min and the injured Bostock, who took part in the walking event and finished in 5hrs 40mins. Also on Saturday Rod Harris ran for Nottinghamshire in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Wollaton Park, coming home in 65th place overall and 3rd Notts counter.

On Sunday Neil Renault made the successful trip to Staffordshire to take part in the Fradley 10k, winning in a time of 31mins 34secs. Elsewhere in Staffordshire Sean Matthews, Jon Crannage and Vicky Yeomans debuted in the Stafford 20m, renowned for London Marathon preparation. Matthews was first LERC runner home in 49th place and a time of 2hrs 16mins 30secs, followed just a couple of minutes later by Crannage in 2hrs 18mins and 7secs in 56th place. Yeomans also put in a good time to finish in 3hrs 7mins and 9secs and 260th position overall. Meanwhile back in Notts, Patrick Fitzgerald and Mick McDermott ran in the Rushcliffe 10k, with Fitzgerald gaining a PB in a time of 39mins 12secs. Finally, over in Grantham, Kev Holland, Stuart Bell and Pete Sturgess competed in the Grantham Half Marathon, with Holland home first for LERC in 1hr 49mins 41secs followed by Bell, in a PB of 1hr 52mins 35secs and Sturgess in a time of 1hr 58mins 28secs.


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