Heanor Running Club living it up in lovely Latvia

WISH YOU WERE HERE -- a postcard photo showing Heanor Running Club members in Riga, Latvia
WISH YOU WERE HERE -- a postcard photo showing Heanor Running Club members in Riga, Latvia
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The annual trip overseas for Heanor Running Club exceeded all expectations in the Latvian capital city of Riga.

Eighteen members of the club, plus friends and family, took part in a weekend festival of running that embraced races from 5k to a full marathon.

And with the hotel superb, the sights beautiful and the locals friendly, the tour proved to be a weekend to remember, following on perfectly from previous visits to places such as Prague, Berlin, Lisbon and Valencia.

Heanor’s yellow and blue colours were well represented in all the races, starting with the marathon, which was tackled by Glenda Alton and Kathryn Spendlove, and the half-marathon, which was contested by Kate Tuck. Alton ran superbly to post her fastest time for the 26.2-mile distance of three hours, 47 minutes, 42 seconds, which also secured her a good-for-age spot in next year’s London Marathon. Spendlove paced herself well to finish in 4.25.38, while Tuck clocked a personal-best (PB) of 1.52.40.

The club’s best performance of the weekend, however, was delivered by Joe Rainsford, who finished a clear second in the 10k, despite a massive field of 5,000 and torrential rain. His time of 32.04 minutes set him up nicely for the Liverpool Half-Marathon later this month.

Other Heanor runners in the 10k were Paul Mercer (45.33), Chris Mellors (47.36), Dave Henton (48.43), Paul Bell (50.27), Rob Rainsford (57.20), Rose Leivers (49.27), Danielle de Simone (51.12), Paige Roadley (56.05) and Abbie Leivers (59.41).

Meanwhile, back home, 14-year-old Lily Winfield completed a sparkling 800m/1500m U15 double at the Derbyshire Track and Field Championships.