While some LERC members were battling with the hills at Bramcote Park in the East Midlands Cross Country league on November 6th, another select group were racing at the Shepshed 7, another race in the LERC Winter League. Based at Hind Leys School in Shepshed, Leicestershire, this undulating 2 lap multi-terrain race turned out to be a good one, with the cool but not cold weather perfect for running and the grass section “just right”, as Goldilocks might say.
11 LERCers entered, despite the unforeseen clash with Bramcote, and the race started at 11:00am. Father and son Dave and Mark boot were back 1st for the club with Boot junior, Mark, 11th in a time of 42:08. Dad Dave was 42nd in 47:09, while Natalie Teece, on her way back to racing form and doing her 1st 7 miler, was very pleased with her 50:33 and status as 1st Long Eaton lady home. Sarah Priestly was next to finish, pipping Captain Shaun Burton on the line with a good sprint finish. Sarah finished 4 seconds ahead of Shaun in 54:14.
Rachel Argent, back after marathon duties, continued her good run of form clocking 59:32, helped by the cheering on from her husband. John Adams and Jane Newbold (also supported by her husband) were next back with both exceeding their pre-race expectations by at least 3 minutes each.
Carrie Chan, who, along with Shaun, was one of only two to have ran the race last year, struggled bravely with knee problems to finish in 68:53. Finally, Laura Froggatt managed a fine sprint finish at the end, egged on by her club mates, to crack 70 mins for the 7 Miles.
The calories burned during the Race were nicely replenished with John Adams' mother-in-law's now famous coconut tarts, alongside some of Jane's finest cakes.
(By Shaun Burton)
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