Ed Prickett Relays 2013

After an enjoyable day last year when we entered two men’s teams, LERC turned out in force for the 2013 Ed Prickett Relays on the University of Nottingham campus, fielding two men’s and two women’s squads. The event is a rare chance for the club to compete as a relay team and offered everyone the opportunity to cheer each other on before and after running, something which surely made all the difference on the long uphill drag in the second half of each 2 mile leg.

The women were off first, competing in teams of 3, each running the 2 mile course in turn. A total of 21 female runners toed the start line, including Sarah Terry and Dawn Blatherwick representing the two LERC sides, and a fast and furious start saw some of the best student runners in the region tear away at a blistering pace. Dawn, returning after a lay-off took things steady and came home in 17th, while club runner of the month Sarah mixed it at the head of the field, passing on to Charlie Marcer in 6th place. Charlie, and then captain Rachel Argent held it together well to finish in the top half of the field overall in 10th place. The second LERC team saw newcomer Emma Butts and Vicky Parker get some speedwork in to finish in 17th overall.

In the men’s race, lead off duties went to Andy Peat and John Hay. Andy’s fine run of form continued as he floated round in 10:05, a full 55 seconds quicker than last year, which was enough for 6th place at the end of his leg and right up there with some high class runners. Neither Adam White nor myself were in particularly hot shape leading into the event after injuries and illness, but we managed to hold things together to maintain 6th, before Rob Fox ran an excellent 11:45 to improve on his time from last year and secure 8th place from a field of 43 teams.

For LERC 2, John passed on to skipper Shaun Burton, Damian Cowlishaw and a somewhat worse for wear Neil Blatherwick, who’d brought his kit “just in case” and a rousing finish by Neil saw him record an excellent time of 13:59 to ensure that Sweatshop running club were well beaten.

This report was brought to you by deano

Foxontherun wrote; Thanks for your work in putting the teams together Deano, and well done to all runners. We could have at least another team of each next year.

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