NRRL 2 Holme Pierrepont

On Wednesday 14th May 2008 28 Long Eaton runners competed in the second race of the NRRL series at Holme Pierrepont. The weather conditions were almost perfect which only added to the PB potential of the course. The race is a measured 5 miles. Three Long Eaton runners finished in the top ten, all achieving new personal best times. Rod Harris finished 4th in 26:01, Paul Lewis finished 7th in 27:05, with Andy Colegate finishing 10th in 27:25.

Rob Fox finished 39th in a time of 29:25. Gareth Watson and Jon Hughes battled each other over the course, with Gareth finishing ahead of Jon by one second in a time of 30:18. Gareth finished in 56th place with Jon finishing in 30:19 in 59th place. Phil Abbott achieved a new personal best time of 30:31 finishing in 65th place.

Patrick Fitzgerald finished in 82nd place with a time of 31:12. Rob Jackson finished in 32:08, with Ash Patel finishing in 32:37. Mario Rocchelli, who was competing in his first race since the London Marathon finished in 33:58. John Hay, who was apparently tapering his training for the White Peak Marathon on 17th May 2008, achieved a new personal best time of 34:20.

Rob Smith finished in 34:34. Mark Harrison achieved a new personal best time of 36:05, with Chris Bradley finishing in 36:18, followed by Shaun Burton who finished in 36:44. Stuart Bell achieved a new personal best time of 38:13. Damien Cowlishaw finished in 39:03, with Bill Sheppard, who was also supposed to be tapering for the White Peak Marathon, finishing in 42:05. Pete Sturgess finished in 46:41.

The ladies were also well represented. Monica Fee was first lady home for the club, finishing 11th in a time of 33:33, followed by Vicky Yeomans who finished in a new personal best time of 35:39 and 29th. Caroline Waterhouse finished in 31st place in 35:51, followed closely by Catherine Benson in 36:57 (44th). Kate Turner put in a great performance, finishing in 39:50 (75th), followed by Debbie Coleman in 40:00. Jackie Mather finished in a very respectable 41:40 (90th), with Catherine Rowe, who was also tapering her training for the White Peak Marathon, finishing in 42:41 (94th).

After the 2nd round, the Mensí A team are currently 3rd. The Mensí B team are currently 19th. There are 26 teams competing. The Mensí Vet team are currently 6th out of 16 teams. The Ladiesí team is currently 7th out of 21 teams and just one point behind the 6th place team.

There are three races remaining in the series, with the next race on 11th June at Erewash.


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