A bumper crowd of 630 runners were at the final LRRL summer league race of the season on Sunday morning, the John Fraser 10. Held over 10 miles of undulating roads starting from Countesthorpe, the race was to also be the Leicestershire 10 mile road championships.
The team of 12 Stilton Striders were led home by Jason Barton, who continued his excellent form to take 6th place overall (5th Senior Male) in 57.28. The next four Striders were all close together, exchanging places late into the race, with Rich Gray finishing in 70.37, closely followed by 100% award winner Luke Eggleston (71.23), Dan Valencia (72.05) and Shane Sharkey (72.46).
Iain Howe was next to finish in 74.20, followed by a close battle between Michael Cooke (76.01) and Ben Pickard (76.03). John Houghton, nursing his damaged hand from the prior day’s fell race (see prior report), finished in 80.08 before Vicki Lowe and Laura Pickard, the Striders’ two female finishers, in 82.08 and 97.40. Stuart Gregory completed the team in 103.17.