Shipley Park, Fell Relay Champs and Cardiff Marathon

A busy weekend saw Long Eaton Running Club competing in three events. On Saturday we entered a team in the English Fell Running Relay championships at Hebden Bridge, a tough course of 28 miles with 6300 feet of ascent. Andy Colgate and John Birch ran the individual legs, Glen Coleman and Ian Adkin the pairs leg and Rob Jackson and Clive Allison the navigation leg, by the end of which the team finished a very creditable 68th in a field of 130.

Also on Saturday was the first round of the North Midlands Cross Country league at Shipley Park, over a new and hillier course. The ladies event saw Jodie Smith finish 19th, very respectable in view of the quality of the field, in a time of 27.12, with Vicky Yeomans 50th in 30.25. The mens team placed 4th out of 20, Neil Renault 4th, Andy McNeill 19th, Rod Harris 20th, Alan Seamer 49th and Richard Wilkinson 98th making up the five. Also competing were Andrei Vais who despite missing the start by 5 mins still came 183rd, John Hay 190th, Colin Bostock 191st, Shaun Burton 198th and Damian Cowlishaw 202nd.

On Sunday Paul Lewis set a new personal best when he completed the Cardiff Marathon in 3hrs 02min, four minutes in front of Jon Hughes who set a very impressive time for his debut at the distance. Seven runners took part in the half marathon, Darren Lovett recording a PB in 1.33, whilst Garath Murtagh 1.28, Ashok Patel 1.29, Ian Wallis 1.44, Sue Klotchkow 1.46, Louise Hughes 1.46 and Nicola Bennett 1.58 also enjoyed their day out in Wales.


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