Six Heanor Running Club teams were in action at the Leicestershire-based Livingston Relays.
Prior to Sunday’s race, just nine different teams had seen their name etched onto the Livingston Relay trophy since the inaugural event in 1928.
Derbyshire counterparts, Derby & County, won out in the first running of the race almost 90 years ago and the quartet of Joe Rainsford, Stuart King, Dale Annable and James Mee made sure Heanor RC’s name was added to the solid silver trophy with a dominant victory at Braunstone Park.
In addition to the history-making efforts of the men’s “A” team, the yellow and blue were well represented in a fantastic show of team strength with two further men’s teams, two women’s teams and an U15 girls trio for the first time.
A record 108 teams lined up on the first of four legs and Joe Rainsford got HRC off to the best of starts. Joe, who finished second in the opening BDL of the season at Teversal Grange, covered the undulating three mile circuit in 14:55 to come home second, his time also saw him finish the day a notable seventh-fastest.
Stuart ran four seconds quicker to overtake Barrow Road Runners and put the team in the lead for the first time as Dale – just two weeks on from his London Marathon exploits – stretched the team’s advantage with another sub-15 clocking on leg three.
An apparently slightly worse-for-wear James Mee anchored the team home 61 seconds clear of early leaders Barrow as former winners Charnwood AC finished third.
With all four runners running within one minute of each other, the consistent showing from Steve Ashmore, Chris Dale – whose 16:05 was the third-fastest time on leg two – Ashley Deeming and Robin Clegg saw the men’s “B” team finish seventh and ensured Heanor RC had two teams inside the top-10.
Rob Page (18:44) edged out Carl Hughes (18:46) for fastest time in the men’s “C” team.
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T their efforts, combined with those from Paul Winfield and Matt Chambers, saw the quartet finish 24th out of over 50 complete teams.
Similarly to the men, Lisa continued her cracking 2014 form to bring the HRC women’s “A” team home second on the first of three legs. Lisa crossed the line in 16:55 and finished the day second-fastest overall behind Midlands XC champion and Charnwood AC athlete Jane Potter (16:10).
Jill kept up the pace on the second leg to hand over to Rose in third before Rose, fresh from her 3:48:48 marathon PB in London, brought the team home fifth. Charnwood AC ran out comfortable winners ahead of fellow Leicestershire-based sides Huncote Harriers and Harborough AC.
Gemma Housley kicked things off on the opening leg to bring the women’s “B” side home 27th before Rita Fisher caught a magnificent nine runners to hand over to Kirsty Hessey. Sixteen-year old Kirsty, on her HRC senior debut, clocked 27:17 to anchor the team to 27th overall.
Just 24 hours on from their efforts at the Derbyshire Track & Field Mini League, Lily Winfield and Emily Deeming were joined by Georgia Stirland as Heanor RC were able to field an U15 girls team in the event for the first time.
Lily kept up her ever-encouraging recent form to bring the trio home first ahead of Wreake Runners on leg one. Lily handed over to Emily Deeming on leg two, who went on to finish dead-level with Wreake’s second leg runner in a time of 20:04.
Georgia’s committed effort on the final leg saw the side finish second and rounded-off another top-showing.