Race results summary 23rd Sept to 29th Sept

Race results summary 23rd September to 29th September

Weekly Achievements

Crossdale 10K

Andy Colgate 3rd
Cath Rowe 2nd 1st LV45
Alan Maplethorpe 2nd V50
1st Team: Andy Colgate; Phil Abbott; Mario Rocchelli; Alan Maplethorpe

Off-Road Ultra: Hadrian’s Wall 88.2 miles

Phil Thompson

Cycle Challenge: Lakeland Passes Fred Whitton 112 miles

Paul Lewis


Windsor Half Marathon

Two personal bests on this traffic free, scenic but hilly route with a tough second half in windy and cold conditions with one of those long straight finish run-ins that never seem to end – and sadly, no royals handing out medals!
David Harper and Jane Newbold claimed new best times of 1:48:47 and 2:18:15 respectively. For further info about the race: cars leaving the event causing congestion meant Jane was stuck for an age trying to leave – David knowing of the likelihood of this parked two miles away and was rewarded with carrying his daughter – great resistance training!


Crossdale 10K

Held in Keyworth this is a testing race over bridle ways, paths and lanes on an out and back course with a loop at the turn around point. LERC had a successful trip out with Andy Colgate 3rd in 38:36 a minute ahead of 4th placed and in-form Phil Abbott 39:36, Mario Rocchelli in the top 10 with 9th in 40:38 and Alan Maplethorpe’s 41:18 and 16th gave him 2nd V50 – these four took the men’s 1st team prize and were rewarded with limited edition Denby pottery. Good to see Clive Allison back racing in 43:19 and 20th, Dan Jackson 47:01 46th, Damian Cowlishaw 48:41 62nd and Bill Sheppard 49:57 71st. In the ladies race, Cath Rowe continues to place highly with 2nd lady and 1st LV45 and Debbie Coleman 55:40 and 123rd.

Ultra Challenge

Phil Thompson after a great year of racing set himself a new challenge in long distance running by taking on the 88.2 miles of the Hadrian’s Wall Way from Bowness-on-Solway to Newcastle. Before the run heavy threatened to make it heavy going but soon after Phil started by the estuary it ceased and he just had the mud and high river cliffs and night running through fields of cows to contend with. Phil spread his run over 4 days returning for night stays in hotels with his wife Leeann and two young children in support and then being ferried back to the previous day’s end point to continue the run. His running days and approximate distances and times were:

Day 1 – Start to Carlisle (in the dark) 16 miles 2h 40m
Day 2 – Carlisle to Housesteads 29 miles 7h 25m
Day 3 – Housesteads to Gateshead 28 miles 6h
Day 4 – Gateshead to End 16 miles 2h 30m

to give an elapsed time of 18h 26m and an average running pace of 12:30.
Phil carried a backpack each day with his food and 2 litres of water for this great effort and what is sure to be the first of many challenges he takes on.
This is the second club completion of Hadrian’s Wall this year with Pete Sturgess and Andy Dickenson (with his hip replacement) making the crossing in a non-stop attempt in 44 hours.

Cycling Challenge

Paul Lewis better known for his elite long distance road running achievements has spent weeks riding over Peak District hills preparing to take on the Fred Whitton Challenge cycling route. This is an annual cycle race held in May covering 112 miles over all the Lakeland passes including Kirkstone, Whinlatter, Newlands, Wrynose and Hard Knott . This year, top British fell runner Rob Jebb won the race in 5:47, Paul attempted the challenge solo and completed in 8:30 – just showing how tough this is as this is still an average of over 13 miles an hour. Such was the demands of this epic, the descents were so steep that, Paul bruised his hands in braking so hard and that being unaccustomed to long arduous days in the saddle he said he felt as if he’d had 5 rounds in the ring with Mike Tyson but has vowed to return to the Lakes and attempt it again.

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