Sweet Success

The Long Eaton 5 Mile race was held on the 10th of June and with the weather nowhere near as hot as in 2006. With overcast conditions a new course record was set by Billy Farquharson of Notts AC who set a fastest time of 24:36 a full minute ahead of Matt Bond of Sale Harriers, with Derby AC runner Rob Jefferies 3rd in 26:32.

Many of the 352 finishers complemented the organization of the race with many spot prizes and the popular handing out of sweets at the end of the race proving a big hit. Long Eaton also had 13 runners taking part with Sue Watkinson and Brione Abbott setting new best times of 40:42 and 44:19 respectively. Sharon Orridge won her age category in 29:28 and finishing 28th overall. Of the men from Long Eaton Jim Stevenson now 78 completed yet another race in a respectable time of 54:08. Jim started his running in 1948 and it looks like he still has many years and miles left in him yet.

In the 2 mile fun run, 83 people took part. The course entirely within the West Park boundary and was won by Cameron McNeil for the boys in a time of 11:24 with Lauren Rudd 1st back for the girls in 14:52. Both Cameron and Lauren are 11 years old. Kelly Palmer also 11 was running her first Long Eaton Fun Run and raised 55 for the local charity Leonard Cheshire. The goodie bag that each of the runners got at the end of the fun run contained over 2 worth of sweets and chocolates, lets hope its not too long before the finishers are running again to burn off all that sugar!!


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