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Athletics: Hatton Darts runners dig deep at JCB

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

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THE Lakeside 5-mile road race and fun run took place on a sultry summer evening at the JCB headquarters in Rocester.

Organised annually by the iconic digger manufacturer, this year's event attracted around 400 runners to the undulating course surrounding the site.

Five Hatton Darts runners competed in the main 5-mile race. Richard Nash continued his excellent summer form with a fine 23rd place finish in 32 minutes 18 seconds. He was followed closely by club men's captain Mark Slade, who continued his recovery from an injury lay-off, crossing the line 31st in 32:49.

Next home was Pete Stevens, 60th overall in 34.58 in what was his first 5-mile road race and he was followed in by relative newcomer Andy Campbell, who clocked 39.31.

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Another Darts club newcomer Sarah Scott finished strongly in 46.28.

The latest weekly 5k park run at Conkers took place from the Waterside Centre.

Jason Tilley took fourth, completing the off-road course in 18 minutes 34 seconds.

Following just behind were Richard Nash and Mark Slade, both taking part in the event only 36 hours after their JCB challenge.

Nash secured an excellent sixth place in 19.01 and Slade, who continues to regain his race sharpness, came home 11th in 19.19.

Another Hatton Dart, Paul Smith jogged the course with daughter Lottie with the pair crossing the finish line together in just over 35 minutes.

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  • mattlong  |  July 24 2014, 8:57PM

    This park run is a revelation in terms of engendering mass participation. Big debate in national athletics press with some saying it has contributed to the demise of club athletics. I'm not sure I agree. I think its another avenue for encouraging a more diverse range of participants as has the Burton and District summer league.