Gaddesby 7 is a new race in the LRRL this year, hosted by Team Anstey. Like the other races in north Leicester it will no doubt come to be described as ‘undulating’. It’s by no means flat! The steep downhill at the end is reminiscent of Hungarton’s finish but the course will be even more familiar to runners of the Leicester Round as it overlaps one of the earlier legs. 16 from the men’s division took part at the final count. Identifying everyone from the results was trickier than usual due to Gordon registering as a veteran female (well done on the silver standard time though ‘Ms Landsburgh’!), Chris Limmer hiding in the Sleaford Runners camp and everyone wondering if they should know ‘Paul Martin’ who turned out to be a misplaced West Ender.
Leading the line for Hinckley and in 13th place overall was Matt Johnson who is running brilliantly at the moment. The men’s A team was topped up by the Langhams, the Massers, Simon Earley, Nick Moore and Rolf Hoelmer who continues to enjoy his finest form. Male Runner of the Day was awarded to Ed Batch who has had some ups and downs due to injury over the last few events but he continues to give his best on every race day.
On the ladies’side we had 15 runners including mother-and-daughter Julie and Faye Hudson, and Rebecca Gould and Diane Wildbur joining us for the first time in a road league race!
Our leading lady was Kate Perkins who crossed the line in 50:02 finishing 12th lady. Rebecca Gould ran very well on her first road league race and achieved a club gold standard (but she said she still prefers cross country), next was Bethan Padbury who, nonetheless, is currently taking and revising for her GCSE exams.
Lady runner of the day goes to Diane Wildbur who ran her first road league race and that was certainly a baptism of fire. Diane’s determination and enthusiasm for running (and racing, Diane loves a medal!) has no limit. She has hardly stopped running since taking part in the London marathon on April 24th as she undertook her “Run every day in May” challenge only a few days afterwards, including the hilly and hot Gaddesby 7 into her challenge. Well done Diane!
Ed and Céline