A good display from Heanor RC’s quintet

Heanor Running Club's team at the recent Long Eaton 5 event
Heanor Running Club's team at the recent Long Eaton 5 event

All five Heanor Running Club team members competing at a dampy and blustery Long Eaton 5 race finished inside the top 20 but it would be a strong Notts AC quartet that took home the team spoils.

Mark Powell and Dale Annable went toe-to-toe from the off, with the pair struggling to be separated even as they approached the finish. Dale took the initiative heading into the long home straight, but Mark found the finish to pip Dale to the line in 26:09. Dale finished a stride behind in 26:10, with the private battle ensuring the duo finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Joe Rainsford was under the weather but battled on to finish eighth in 27:47, whilst Tim Holing chanced the imminent birth of his first child to run and was rewarded with a top ten finish in 28:07. Steve Ashmore chose Long Eaton over Underwood on the eve of the race and produced his trademark sprint finish to clock 29:39.

Meanwhile, Steve Wardle ventured to the south coast and clocked 2:33.03 at the Torbay Half Marathon and Lee Perkins was the stand-out performer for the yellow and blue at the Underwood 10k.

On a notoriously testing course, Lee followed up his impressive run at the last BDL to finish sixth in 38:29. Garry Cooper (41:02) secured a top ten finish while Jeffrey Everitt clocked 49:46 for 61st.

Chris Rainsford gave a good account of himself at the Midland Counties Track & Field Championships. In blustery conditions, Chris finished fourth in his first ever 5,000m on the track in 15:06.84