Long Eaton runners returned to the fells over the Easter Weekend, competing at Horwich in Lancashire on Saturday and Ambergate in Derbyshire on Sunday.
On Saturday 15th April Phil Walters and Rich Wilkinson entered the 51st running of the Horwich RMI Harriers-organised Rivington Pike Fell Race, thought to be the second oldest fell race in the country. First organised in 1882 and open to all-comers since 1955 the race climbs 700ft in just 3.25 miles. Wilkinson was first home for LERC in a time of 23:29 and 113th place (out of a field of 350 runners). Walters finished a few seconds later in 126th place and a time of 23:53.
On Easter Sunday a total of 14 Long Eaton runners competed in the second of the three race Shining Cliffs series at Ambergate in Derbyshire. First home for the club, and missing out on a V50 victory by only 17 seconds, was Mick McDermott who finished the 5 mile race in 18th place and 35:07, closely followed by John Birch in 19th position and a time of 35:19 and Clive Allison in 25th and 35:52. Seven of the fourteen Long Eaton runners were running the race for the first time. In the Ladies, Zoe Fletcher came home in 11th position and a time of 46:25 followed a couple of minutes later by Carole Birch in 18th place and a time of 52:09.
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