IVANHOE Runners hosted their own race in the Burton District Summer League, the Worthington 5 mile.
The race was a course along the Cloud Trail and many fast times and personal bests were recorded.
First finisher was Alex Benfield from Burton AC in a time of 27m 33s, with Scott Hudspith second (Tamworth AC, 28.29).
The Ladies' race was won by Louise Insley (South Derbyshire RR, 30.21 and 20th overall), with Tracy Hinxman finishing second (32.52 and 53rd overall).
Ivanhoe Runners fielded a very strong men's team, with Ramzi Sidani again being their first finisher coming home in 15th place with a time of 29.55.
Not far behind was Richard Martin, 19th place in 30.17. Third for Ivanhoe, and second in his age category, was Alistair Chambers, 33rd in 31:02.
Ian Bolton was returning from an injury, so was very pleased with 42nd place in 31.39, narrowly beating Gerard Elvors, 44th in 31.45.
James Cox is proving to be a great addition to the club as he ran another good race, finishing 58th in 33.27. Next home were Kev Wright and Nick Rowles, finishing closely together (67th and 68th, 33.49 and 33.54).
After months of marathon and triathlon training, Andy Lindley was delighted with his personal best of 34.09 (70th place).
Men's captain Martin Yeomans ran bravely despite illness to finish in 35.31 (82nd). Damon Bland was another Ivanhoe Runner to record a personal best, 35.36 and 85th place.
Tim Sturla is more used to running marathons and ultra runs, so five miles was a very short distance for him. He clocked 35.39 (86th), while next in came Andy Pawley (36.45, 95th), followed by Ivanhoe's first lady finisher, and 12th lady overall, Zoe Allery (37.14 and 100th position).
Andy Wilkinson was running his first race for Ivanhoe, having recently been bought a club membership for his birthday by his sister Rebecca. He repaid that by beating her in the race! Andy was 106th (37.34) with Rebecca 111th (38.17) and also 15th lady overall.
Lynda Revill finished second in her age category and 123rd overall (39.07) ahead of a host of Ivanhoe Runners who battled each other all through the race.
Finishing positions 129 to 133 were occupied by Duncan Ross (39.19), Ruth Green (39.21), Karen Hartland (39.22), Chris Finney (39.23), and Victoria Smith (39.32). Green and Smith also recorded new personal bests.
Fiona McKean and Bev Trilloe then finished in quick succession (150th and 156th, 42.12 and 42,35 respectively). Angela Wheeler beat her previous personal best by a massive six minutes to record a time of 43.28 (163rd), and Gabby Smith also achieved a two-minute personal best, 43.52 and 168th position. Julie Henfrey was the final finisher of the very large Ivanhoe team, 59.14 in 199th.
The men's and ladies' team prizes went to two local clubs, Hermitage Harriers and South Derbyshire RR respectively, with Ivanhoe's teams finishing sixth and fourth.
A small Ivanhoe Team ran the Whissendine 6 and had a very successful night.
New member Dave Hobbs finished 13th in his first ever six mile race, with a very fast time of 38m 45s. Second for Ivanhoe was Kev Wright, running another solid race to 21st place with a time of 40.42.
Becca Hallam continued her string of fine form finishing second lady and 24th overall, recording a personal best by over a minute in the process (41.07). She proudly received a pair of crystal glasses to add to her ever growing trophy collection.
Next for Ivanhoe were Andy Lindley and Laura Graves (57th and 58th, 45.29 and 45.31). Lindley ran the race with Graves to try to encourage her to achieve Ivanhoe's Diamond Standard time. She ran exceptionally well to beat the required time, achieving a new personal best in the process.
A pleasant surprise was to come later, when Graves was announced as first Lady Veteran finisher. She too received some crystal glassware.
Duncan Ross was the next Ivanhoe home, 72nd place in 47.45. Finally Kevin Marsh and Angela Wheeler ran together, finishing 114th and 115th, with Wheeler clocking a new personal best of 54:18.
The unusual reward for finishing the race was a bottle of beer and a commemorative glass courtesy of the race sponsors.