Lots to report

Long Eaton Running Club members kicked off their Winter season last Wednesday at the Milford Chevin fell race. Glen Coleman ran in fourth in 20:24 with Dave Stuart (7th) and Alan Seamer (9th) in close pursuit. Jodie Smith took 3rd place for the ladies in 24:22 while Clare Price completed her first fell race with a creditable 30:38 and 49th position.

Saturday started in style as Rod Harris picked up a bronze medal in the European 50k Championships in Winschoten, Holland with a superb time of 3 hours and 9 minutes. Meanwhile, Ian Wallis and Glen Coleman took part in the Lantern Pike Fell Race at Hayfield in Derbyshire. This tough race saw Coleman finish in 39 minutes 7 seconds and 24th place and Wallis 5 minutes later and 74th position. This confirmed Wallis in 27th place overall in the Hayfield Championships while the non-running Phil Walters managed 25th position due to some strong running earlier in the year.

On Sunday Ian Wallis ran the Nine Edges Challenge, a new 20 mile event to raise money for the Edale Mountain Rescue team. Designed for runners, walkers and climbers, the route heads south from Ladybower Reservoir climbing over 2200 ft and taking in the 9 edges of Derwent, Stanage, Burbage North and South, Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow, Gardoms and Birchens finishing at the popular Robin Hood Inn. Wallis finished in the top 20 in 3 hours 28 minutes.

Finally, 3 members joined 11 other runners to form an internet-based team to tackle the Round Norfolk Relay. This 193 mile relay starts on Saturday and continues through the night with at least one team member running and one cycling throughout the event. The team finished in 27 hours 41 minutes.


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