Several Heanor RC members took the roads in races across the country this weekend as the Shelton Striders 10k in Derby, the Goose Fair Gallop in Nottingham and the Chester Marathon saw prize winners, personal bests, debuts and good performances across the board from those in yellow and blue.
The Shelton Striders 10k, formerly the Merrill 10k, has been a fixture on the local road running calendar for a number of years and was the tenth race in this year’s Heanor RC Club Championship.
Lisa Palmer enjoyed a highly successful day, taking the victory in the female category by almost a minute from Rachel Olivant of Derby AC. Palmer ran 38:34 to finish 31st overall.
Jill Burke (42:26) went home with the VL50 category prize in 64th as Lizzie Poole (45:54); the senior female club-champion-in-waiting Gemma Housley (49:09) and Jo Potter (51:40) completed the ladies’ efforts.
The frontrunners of the race were well spread out from the beginning, with Alastair Watson of Notts AC (31:24) eventually taking the victory over Leicestershire-athlete Mark Powell (33:04) in second.
In cool but ideal racing conditions, Ashley Deeming (35:35) was first home for Heanor RC as he ran his fastest time in three years to finish 7th.
Following closely behind, Paul Clarke and Adam Biggs were separated by exactly the same margin as at Wilne 10k just one month earlier. Clarke (36:33) finished 11 seconds clear of teammate Biggs (36:44) on that occasion and repeated the feat as the duo finished in 12th and 15th respectively.
Tony Weatherson (37:50) and Alastair Hobday (38:32) also managed to secure top-30 finishes.
Current second-claim runners Stephen Price and Tim Robinson were competing in the colours of their first-claim clubs, with Price running a brilliant 33:57 to finish 3rd and Robinson (38:25) pipping Hobday and Palmer to finish 27th.
On the same day, Carl Hughes and Rose Leivers made the trip to the north-west for the Chester Marathon.
In only the third staging of the event, over 3,000 runners took to the streets of Chester as the route went over the border into Wales before finishing at Chester racecourse.
Both Hughes and Leivers ran consecutive half marathon bests during September and so went into the marathon in good form.
Hughes, making his debut over the distance, finished 605th in a brilliant time of 3:38:42 as Leivers, following on from her first marathon earlier in the year, crossed the line 1358th in a time of 4:16:29.
At a muddy Goose Fair Gallop 10k, Steve Ashmore and Steve Wardle were Heanor RC’s representatives across the Nottingham border.
Ashmore continued his recent good form, following on from his 5th place finish at the Crossdale 10k two weeks previously to finish 5th once again in 36:26. Wardle, fresh from his exploits at the Robin Hood Half Marathon last weekend, finished in 46:47.