Clowne runner Banton wears Derbyshire colours

Lewis Banton, Clowne Road Runner
Lewis Banton, Clowne Road Runner

Clowne Road Runner Lewis Banton represented his club and county at the weekend at Cofton Park in Birmingham.

Banton was in the Derbyshire colours for the British Inter Counties Championships, on a course offering fast, flat sections and muddy undulations.

More than 2,000 athletes ran on the day.

Banton completed the 12km course in a time of 40.16, finishing 203rd.

Over 850 runners took part in the Trafford Park 10km race, including some of the UK’s elite runners.

Clowne Road Runners had four of their male runners taking part and Andy Ward produced a personal best, finishing fourth in a time of 29.38.

He won the first Vet 40 award.

Close on Ward’s heels was Gareth Lowe, training for the London Marathon, finishing 27th and winning second Vet 40 in a time of 31.29,

Ged Naylor 37.53 and Robert Wain 41.53 were both well placed in the over 50’s.

The Retford Half Marathon attracted over 700 runners and Clowne’s Daniel Page finished fifth in a time of 1:15:59.

He was followed by Clowne ladies Karen Shipman 1:53:23 and Karen Bestwick 1:56:22.

The Ashby 20 mile is a popular race for all those running the London Marathon, and Road Runner Debbie Leese produced a PB in a time of 3:06:59, closely followed by Suzanne Leusby 3:16:06.

Suzanne , whose mother has a serious kidney disease, is running for the Kidney Research Charity.

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The 5km Park Runs saw Clowne Road Runners taking part at three venues.

These races are provided free of charge and encourages runners of all abilities.

Steve Battle ran the Clumber Park 5km course and finished second in a time of 18.29, whilst Chris Lane 21.33 and Paula McPherson 26.10 ran the popular Rother Valley 5km course.

Katy Taylor decided to travel to Birmingham and run the Brueton Park 5km course recording a time of 25.45

Fell Running beckoned three Clowne Road Runners to compete in the Grindleford Challenge, over a 21 miles and 3,000ft of ascent.

Simon Gregory 03.01.00 was the first Clowne Road Runner home, followed by Lorraine Craib 03.51.41 and Julie White 03.59.57.