On Sunday 9th December 33 Long Eaton runners made the trip to Keyworth and given the forecasts, the elements were mercifully kind to the field of 762 runners that took part in the 25th Turkey Trot. The course is a single circuit, all on road, starting and finishing in the village of Keyworth passing through the undulating rural scenery and villages of the South Nottinghamshire Wolds. The course is considered to be both challenging and rewarding, and being a little hilly, is well suited to being run in December.
The menís team of Rod Harris, Andy Colegate and Richard Wilkinson won First Prize! Rod finished in 1:12:02 and second overall, followed by Andy in 1:17:27 and tenth overall and Richard finished in 1:22:56 and 28th overall.
John Birch finished in 1:25:36, Jaik Pickford finished in 1:26:14, which was a new personal best. Jon Hughes finished in 1:26:48, with Patrick Fitzgerald finishing in 1:28:17. Martin Way finished in 1:30:03 and Mario Rocchelli completed the course in 1:32:57. Eddie Mathieson who had completed 25 miles of the Rotherham Round course the previous day finished in an impressive time of 1:34:09. Alan Maplethorpe finished in 1:36:38, followed by Andrei Vais in 1:37:04 and John Hay, in a new personal best time of 1:37:28. Phil Thompson finished in 1:39:59 with Duncan Gedge finishing in 1:44:38. Bill Sheppard finished in a new PB time of 1:44:39, followed closely by Jon Crannage in 1:44:46. Ashok Patel finished in 1:45:17. Damien Cowlishaw completed the course in 1:49:11, followed by Mark Goodson in a course best time of 1:49:44. Richard Syson finished in 1:52:49. Colin Bostock, who also ran 25 miles of the Rotherham Round course the previous day finished in a respectable time of 1:56:23. Richard McKie and Kevin Holland both came home in a time of 1:57:11 and Russ Morton finished in 2:24:08.
As for the women, Sarah Crannage finished in 1:44:48, followed by Jodie Smith in 1:45:39. Caroline Waterhouse finished in 1:46:02, followed by Vicky Yeomans in 1:46:16. (Thanks to Phil Walters who provided Vicky with a drink and words of encouragement at around the 10 mile mark when she was feeling very poorly). Catherine Rowe completed the course in 1:46:33 and Sue Klotschkow finished in 1:54:19. Nicola Bennett completed the course in 1:58:50, with Vicky Lockhart finishing in 2:24:31.
Thanks to everyone who came along and supported the runners. It really makes a different, especially on a tough course.
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