If any theme music was to be played at this race, Vivaldi's “four Seasons” would be the most apt. It snowed, it hailed (which bounced painfully off the runners foreheads) the sun shone and along with the constant blustery wind which knocked even the heaviest runners off their stride.
This along with the hills made this race extremely hard work. 23 Long Eaton runners completed the run with Monica Fee and Debbie Parker achieving new PB's of 2:32:09 and 2:58:31 respectively, Catherine Benson, Jodie Smith and Sarah Crannage all managed to get under 2:50. With Carla Tebbut in a rare outing achieving a good time of 2:52 Catherine Rowe completed the course in 3:03.
The men were led home by Paul Lewis in Just over 2:05 and 12th place, Rich Hill was next in 2:12. Only 3 minutes separated the next four club members with Ian Chant, Clive Alison, Jon Hughes and Dave Wilkinson, fresh from his PB the week before all in the top 80. Alan Maplethorpe broke 2:30 and Debut boy Phil Abbott had a good run with 2:37.U ltra distance runners Phil Wallis and John Hammond crossed the line together in 2:40. Colin Bostock was a minute quicker than Shaun Burton who's 2:45:34 was 11 minutes quicker than last years race. Pete Fowles was 343rd, Bill Shepard was 544th, Damien Cowlishaw came home in 3:15 and Peter Thorburn 617th. Vicky Yeomans retired hurt with a calf injury.
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