Robin Hood Marathon & Totley Tormentor

It was the best of days, it was the worst of days. The unseasonably hot weather made the Robin Hood a great event for spectators but took its toll on the runners. In the marathon the ten Long Eaton starters were led home by Sean Matthews in a personal best time of 2hrs 56mins, with John Birch suffering in the heat but still recording a very creditable 3.03. Dave Wilkinson in 3.09 and Paul Lewis in 3.13 completed the team that should be in with a good chance of a medal. The underated Craig Parker knocked 15 min s off his pb to record 3.34, some 4 minutes behind Phil Wallis. Our only lady marathoner Barbara Bostock had a pb in 4.37, whilst Andre Vais on his debut was pleased with his time of 3.45.

In the half Andy Colgate was first home in 1.22, with Paddy Fitzgerald, Paul Moffett, and Jon Cranage close behind. Jon Hughes continued his improvement with a pb in 1.25, and a special mention for Phil Abbott who was one of the pacers for the race and brought his flock home comfortably within the set 2 hours.

The ladies were led by Jodie Smith and Ellen Ensor, but it wasn't a day for great times although Sarah Crannage can feel well pleased with her 1.44.

Also on Sunday was the Totley Tormentor fell race over 17 miles with 4300 feet of climbing, where Ian Adkin in a time of 2.58 was 41st and Ian Wallis 60th in 3.09.

This weekend sees Rod Harris make his England debut in the European 50k championships in Winschoten, Holland. He is the first Long Eaton RC first claim runner to receive an international vest and we wish him well.


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