East Mids Cross Country League Race 2

Despite an unforeseen clash with the Shepshed 7 meaning that LERC’s numbers were diluted between that race and the East Midlands Cross Country League, there was still a decent turnout at Bramcote for race 2 of the series. As with race 1 at Trent Meadows, the women’s team made up for a lack of numbers with some strong performances from those that did compete on the brutish 1-lap course. Sharon Orridge, racing for the second consecutive day, led the team home with a second place, while Wendy Ray produced a storming finish to clinch 26th place in a dash to the line. Carol Prokopyszyn completed the scorers shortly after, finishing in 30th.
The men were compelled to run 2 laps, which meant two energy sapping ascents into the woods. Andy Peat, also running his second race of the weekend for the club, was first back, taking a strong 7th place after pacing himself through the first lap. Ian Chant produced an excellent run to take 14th and led home a further three LERCers in the top 20. Blane Crawford (another to have ran at Mansfield on Saturday) was just one place behind in 15th, while Rob Fox and Paddy Fitzgerald (Course Best) were 17th and 19th respectively, both dipping under 40 minutes for the 5.5 hilly miles. Two more M50s in Alan Maplethorpe (30th in a CB) and Rich Wilkinson (35th) then led home a clutch of seniors in Peter Webb, Mark Lay, Richard Howe and Mario Rochelli. John Hay continued his recent good form with another course best, finishing ahead of Paul Burchell, Phil Thompson, David Riley, Dave Clough, Martin Matthews, Stephane Catelain and Peter Fowles. Paul, Phil and Peter also recorded their best times ever on this course.
For many, the highlight of the day was the latest skirmish in an ongoing battle for supremacy between Ashok Patel and Damian Cowlishaw. After Ash emerged the victor at Trent Meadows, Damian exacted revenge at Bramcote, finishing 80th to Ash’s 84th. The next race at Holme Pierrepont on the 22nd January is eagerly anticipated.

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