Newark Half Marathon

It was a very warm humid day (97% humidity) and 25 degree heat that greeted the runners in the 28th Newark Half Marathon, the deceptive course having 2 long uphill climbs between 9 and 10 miles and again between 11 and 12, but happily a downhill stretch between 12 and 12.5. 8 Current Lerc member ran along side Neil Renault who turned out to be the eventual winner by a massive 3 mins and 1 sec and took the 150 1st place prize. The Ladies who took part from LE were Sarah Harris and Jackie Mather both of whom had suffered from problems in the days leading up to the race but both overcame those problems and finished in good times with Sarah 3rd over the line albeit with very unsteady legs in a time of 1:23 and Jackie a decent 1:42. Of the 1036 finishers in the race 6 men wer from Long Eaton ,Mark Harison having a jolly since his good time at Jagermiester 2 days before set 1:46 and 348th, Duncan Gedge who has run this race each of the last 3 years said its hot yet again and finished in 1:54, revitalised new member Philip Sugden was 354th . John Birch added to his race tally with a fine 1:29 and Mens Captain, Shaun Burton was happy to be under 1:40 with a 1:39 suffering in the Humidity on the uphill sections of the half Marathon. Jackie,Neil,Sarah and Shauns Coach, Andy MacNeil picked off runers at a fair old rate as his race plan worked with his consistent pace and he finished in 12th place in a fast 1:17, It was his wife's Birthday as well so it was double celebrations in the McNeil Household.

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