Turkey Trot and Bedford Half Marathons

The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow so the rhyme goes. There was no snow but it was cold enough for snow and there was wind at the 24th Turkey Trot Half Marathon. 33 Long Eaton Running club members braved the low temperatures to run this Hilly 13.1 miles. The runners ignored the tough conditions to produced fantastic club performances as the results showed.

Long Eaton mens team were second even though they had the same points as the winning team but lost out on time difference. Andy Colgate was first for Long Eaton in 13th place, Followed by Glen Coleman in 19th who took first place in the Male vet V45 Category winning a huge Turkey for his efforts, 1 place further back was Sean Matthews.

Nine new PBs were set, Course bests were set and of the 17 Long Eaton runners who also did the race in 2005 , Twelve had better times than last year.

Mens Pbs were set by Sean Matthews 1:20:31,Alan Maplethorpe 1:27:58,Craig Parker 1:31:01,John Hay 1:41:02,Damien Cowlishaw 1:42:20 and Bill Sheppard 1:45:52. The best performance was set by Damien who knocked 9 minutes off of his previous best time and John Hay after dislocating his shoulder the night before,ran through the pain barrier and was 4 minutes quicker than he had ran before.

Louise Hughes after six years of trying at last beat her dads time for a half marathon with all her hard training paying off by setting a personal best of 1:40:47, Kate Edmonds was 1 minute better than ever before and Sarah Crannage sped round in her quickest time of 1:43:12.

Of the people who set times quicker than the 2005 race Louise Hughes was better by 7:35, Richard Wheat 12:25 and Barbara Bostock was 13 mins faster.

Many of the good times were set by Long Eaton Runners who not only run on Club nights ( Tuesdays and Thursdays) but also regularly run 12 miles on a Saturday Morning with the 7am Striders which is lead by James Bond look alike Sean Matthews.

At the same time two Long Eaton Members ran the Bedford Half Marathon with Jon Trindell also setting a personal best by 3 minutes in 1:26:47 and Annette Ellison just out side her PB in 1:42:54

All in all this was an excellent day for the Long Eaton Running Club and all the signs point towards a good 2007.


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