It was a big weekend for Ivanhoe Runners, with representatives in two major marathons and a Leicestershire Road Running League race to compete.
The pick of the marathon runners were Nick Teige and Jason Green, who both took part in the Brighton marathon, a race fast becoming the Spring alternative to London.
Teige blasted home to a new personal best and significantly cracked the three-hour barrier for the first time, clocking 2hrs 58mins 21secs and finishing 78th overall with a brilliant run.
Green was taking part in his first marathon and –cajoled round by wife Ruth – clocked an excellent 4:35:05 as they crossed the line hand-in-hand.
Further north, Barry Alldread and Andy Lindley contested the Manchester marathon.
After recent injury and back trouble which severely restricted his training, Alldread did well to clock 3:45:39.
Ahead of him, Lindley ran the race to pace round a friend in their first marathon but was pleased to clock 3:40:04, only just outside his own personal best in his second marathon.
Back in Leicestershire, the club fielded 21 runners in the Desford Six, the latest round of the Leicestershire Road Running League.
Unfortunately this only included seven men, one short of a scoring team, but the ladies easily fielded three teams of four for an A, B and C team.
The team were headed home by Ramzi Sidani, warming up for this weekend’s London marathon by clocking a swift 36:25 in 34th place.
Next home were the backbone of the men’s team – skipper Martin Yeomans (117th in 40:45) and Kev Wright (156th, 42:14).
Also London-bound were the next two home, Bec Hallam having a storming run to clock 42:15 which placed her 11th lady, and Andy Jeyes (159th in 42:25).
Another heading for the capital and using Desford as a last sharpener was Ian Kirk, content with his 44:02 for 185th.
Julia Blewitt-Jenkins did not seem too pleased with her time of 47:53 but should have been on the tough, hilly course, and she finished 46th lady.
Amanda Bradbury was next home, clocking 49:01 to finish 50th lady.
Chairman Kevin Sanders was 21 seconds behind her, 49:22 for 286th place.
Victoria Smith (49:45, 56th), Emily Starkie (49:53, 57th), Allie Sturla (49:59, 61st), Fiona McKean (50:11, 63rd), Teresa Talbott (50:23, 64th), Bev Trilloe (52:07, 77th), Helen Horn (53:53, 91st), Angela Wheeler (PB 54:58, 98th), ladies captain Laura Graves (same time, 99th) and Shirley Marlow (59:36, 114th) also competed.
Julie Henfrey was accompanied by Dave Moore, who gamely struggled round with a very sore foot, clocking 71:20 and 71:13 respectively.