Tour of the Derwent Valley

It wasn't so much a case of the Blues and Royals of the Household Cavalry on this Jubilee weekend, but the blues and greens of Long Eaton Running Club, Ripley AC and Mansfield Harriers at this year's Tour of the Derwent Valley race series. Between them, the three clubs provided 19 of the 45 overall finishers, with 8 being from LERC.

The series involved a set of four tough hilly road races spanning 3 and half days and covering 17.61 miles and 2,074 feet of asscent. There were various debuts from LERC competitors, with
a total of 14 LERC members competing in at least one race and 8 finishing all four. There were 6 pbs set along the way.

Mark Boot picked up 2nd place overall, having had a consistent few days of competition and never finshing outside the top 5. His dad Dave Boot picked up 1st MV45 and Paul Burchell, having ran into excellent form, was 3rd MV50. LERC was therefore very well represented on the winners podium.

Club Captain Shaun Burton and kit man Damian Cowlishaw were not happy with only the four races, as Shaun muscled his way into the Jog Derbyshire run on Saturday morning while Damian enjoyed a Jubilee parkrun. Following the tradition of not changing or washing your running vest for the series Shauns vest managed a pb of its own and promptly ran home by itself!

Duncan Gedge was LERC's other male series finisher, while Cheryl Brown and Rachel Argent flew the flag for the ladies. Over the course of the long weekend, Pete Webb, Mark Harrison, Aaran Kirk, Jane Newbold, Richard Ferguson, Vicky Parker and Nicola Greensmith all featured in at least one race.

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