Prague Half Marathon & The Four Inns

International duty beckoned for Long Eaton Running Club on Saturday 1st April as six runners from the club competed in the Prague Half Marathon. The race takes a mainly flat route through the city and was run in warm but breezy conditions. First home for the club in 1hr 27min 29sec was Paddy Fitzgerald followed an agonising 29 seconds later by Clive Allison in 1hr 27min 58sec. Ashok Patel came in just over the 90 minute mark in 1hr 32min followed by Ian Wallis in 1hr42, Kev Holland in 1hr 47min and Sean Gauton in 1hr 55min.

Conditions were anything but warm in Derbyshire however as two teams from LERC took part in The Four Inns Challenge, a 45mile fell race starting at Holmfirth in Summer Wine Country and finishing at Buxton in Derbyshire. The event, which took place in sleet, hail, high winds and conditions described by competitor Phil Walters as ‘evil!’ visits checkpoints on Black Hill, Bleaklow and Kinder Scout amongst others. Long Eaton A (Rob Jackson, Glen Coleman and Phil Walters) finished the event in 10 hours and 13 minutes coming 9th overall whilst in 10 hours and 29 minutes debutantes Gareth Murtagh, Jonathan Crannage and Darren Lovatt in Long Eaton B came an excellent 11th overall, also achieving 2nd place in the George Keeling Trophy for new teams.


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