Belvoir and Weston

It was all about firsts for the LERC ladies this weekend (25th-26th Feb), as Natalie Teece came home as first lady (and 15th overall) at the Belvoir challenge 15 mile off road race, while at the Weston 5 mile road race, Sarah Harris was also first lady (13th overall). Sarah's finish also helped the boys (Ian Chant, 12th, Richard Ford, 36th and Darren Pyefinch, 38th) to a 3rd team place.

Keeping the family tradition going was Sarah's daughter Lucy Harris, who was second female at the Weston 2 mile fun run (15th overall) in a time of 16m 11s. Also makig up a fine junior LERC team was Harry Harrison (19th in 16m 41s), Ellis Cowlishaw (54th with a Pb of 21m 35s) and Ellie Weston on her debut (89th in 28m 02).

At the Belvoir challenge,two different distances were offered at this off road meeting: a whopping marathon distance of 26 miles and a not-to-be-sniffed-at 15 mile route. In training for the mammoth 42 miles 4 Inns race, it was no surprise to see Rob Jackson, Phill Sugdon, Bill Shepperd and Cath Rowe take on the BIG race of 26 miles. The still challenging 15 mile race was also the first of the LERC Cake Challenge, a series of 4 races that have been picked in order to encourage other club members to try off road and long distance races. There was a good turnout from the club and it was a promising start to the league with cakes aplenty. Andy Peat finished in an excellent 4th place overall, followed by a men's contingent of Pete Webb, James Ablewhite, John Adams, Duncan Gedge and Damian Cowlishaw. Following Natalie for the women were Rachel Argent, Jane Newbold, Maria White, Karen Levers, Karen Preston and Laura Froggatt.

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