Adverse weather conditions caused the organisers to remove the Scafell Pike checkpoint for this running of the Borrowdale fell race taking out England’s highest point from the race. However England’s 4th and 11th highest peaks remained and did not deter 8 Long Eaton runners from starting and more importantly, finishing, the mountainous course.
Richard ‘my achilles hurts’ Wilkinson, adding another injury to his current catalogue of problems, limped over the line 1st for Long Eaton and 73rd overall after suffering a calf injury just 30 minutes into the race.
Andy Colegate and Phil Walters both completed the course again this year with ease. Next back for Long Eaton was Eddie Mathieson completing the race on his first attempt.
Andrei Vais and Colin ‘why do I find the deep holes to fall in?’ Bostock started and finished the race together and were closely followed home by the running pair of Vicky Yeomans and Phil Abbott, showing that their previous sessions of training on sections of the race route paid off.
Vicky, in successfully completing the race was the first Long Eaton lady to master the mountains and Phil even managed to knock back half a pint of beer 1 mile from the finish.
Thanks go out to the LERC supporters out on the course with a special mention to Kev Holland and his Kendal mint cake – what a boost to get you up Great Gable.
The day was finished off in the Scafell Hotel with plenty of drinks for the runners and supporters alike.
The ‘Random Moment Award’ was given to Andrei, who having left to return home early on the evening of the race excitedly returned to the pub 5 minutes later to announce that Scandinavian pop princess Whigfield’s ‘Saturday Night’ was playing in the race tent over the road.
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