LERC at the Stamford 30k 16th Feb 2014

Congratulations to our Long Eaton running club runners who went to Stamford yesterday for the St Valentines 30k race, 18.64 miles!
The race is now in its 21st year, it was a sell out and is seen as an important warm-up for those intending to tackle spring marathons.
630 actual runners on the day, 1st male in a time of 1:37:52 and 1st lady 1:58:01.
Sarah Harris set the ladies record here in 2011 in a time of 1:53:57.

With it being in Lincolnshire and in theory therefore quite flat, but the lovely rural course undulates a bit with some sharp short ups, rolling stretches of country road with a few twists and turns.
Runners couldn't complain on the day as it was sunny and the wind had dropped for race day given what had been the days before.
Great marshaling on course with 3 key points on welcome to Scotland, Wales and back to England.
Runners had km markers in the shape of a heart with funny messages on such as Smiling whilst running is ALLOWED and Its a hill, get over it and a half way timer to see how they were doing.

First home for Long Eaton running club was Mark Hudson in a time of 2:28:50 and last was Mark Harrison 3:17:38.
Runners achieved personal bests on the day were Rachel Argent 2:37:33, Sarah Priestley 2:42:37, Duncan Gedge 2:45:38, Vicky Mycroft 2:50:22 and Leanne Smith 2:52:07.
Longest race / run to date for Emma Butt 2:45:37, Aanna Mulligan-Freeman 3:12:24, Casey Trueman 3:14:36 and Nicola Greensmith 3:17:37.
Debuts for Matt Weightman 2:48:10, Kevin Barry 3:07:38, being chased by marathon Mazzy Maria White 3:07:45 and Sarah Kuehne 3:09:06.

Great mobile support on the course, Mike Lockwood on his bike, then in the Aanna's "A Team van" Scott & Betty, Rob Allen, Sally Barry and boys!
Also Lindsay Smith and Adam White with Mr Argent at the finish!!
Jane had made a delicious cake as a treat for after, so big thank you to Jane, who made the decision to pull out of the race with back pain but waited for us all to finish cheering us in.
Lots of cheering and hugging going on at the finish by our runners and supporters for what was a challenging event.

Great T-shirt again, Love Running, Love the Stamford 30k and goodies in a finishers bag.

This was the first long distance run / race for many training for a marathon of their so called marathon plans, being an excellent marker in checking progress in advance of Spring marathons.
Focus now for many of these runners is the Ashby20 in 3 weeks time.

Well done all and recover well in the coming week.

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