Long Eaton take to the hills.

This weekend saw Long Eaton Running Club compete in the ‘Lambs Longer Leg’ fell race in Hayfield. At just 3.3 miles this race could be considered a walk in the park by most runners, however the 950ft of ascent over rough terrain up to Mount Famine in the High Peak District soon put paid to any ideas of a gentle Sunday stroll.

The race was the first in the 2007 Fell League and as such 11 hardy runners travelled the 60 miles to the Lambs Inn for the start of the race. First home for the club was Dick Wilkinson in 48th place recording an impressive time of 33:35. Club captain John Birch held off a strong challenge from Andrei Vais during a frantic finish with John clocking 36:48 and Andrei finishing just 4 seconds later.

In the battle of the Phils, Phil Abbott failed to capitalise on his recent good form as Phil Walters, with his greater experience, drifted ahead over the last mile finishing strongly in 39:00 a full 25 seconds ahead of his rival. Colin Bostock (41:34), Sean Gauton (42:13) and Ian Wallis (42:35) completed the contingent of Long Eaton men.

The ever-present Vicky Yeomans was the first Long Eaton lady to finish with a very respectable time of 49:50 followed by Carole Birch who completed the calf-bursting course in 54:38.


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