Gaddesby Gallop double for West End Runners

Festive hatted runners make a fast getaway from the start. EMN-151229-160902002
Festive hatted runners make a fast getaway from the start. EMN-151229-160902002
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The going was officially soft as runners got into the festive spirit at the annual Gaddesby Gallop.

As well as the muddy conditions, runners had to overcome a few other handicaps along the five-and-a-quarter-mile cross country course.

Wreake Runners gather at the Cheney Arms. EMN-151229-160840002

Wreake Runners gather at the Cheney Arms. EMN-151229-160840002

These included a drainage pipe, a brook and the dreaded cold plunge through the dew pond.

The race marked a double for Leicester-based club West End Runners who won both of the men’s and ladies’ races.

David Frankland was the clear race winner in a time of 34min 46secs, almost a minute ahead of runner-up Matthew Poynton (Leicester Corinthian) who clocked 35.45.

Ryan Pegg, of the Desford Striders, was a further 15 seconds back to complete the podium positions.

Stilton Striders Rob Beers, Louise Houghton and Mike Brighty at the Gaddesby Gallop EMN-151229-160851002

Stilton Striders Rob Beers, Louise Houghton and Mike Brighty at the Gaddesby Gallop EMN-151229-160851002

Sarah Thorp also finished a minute clear of the rest as she broke the tape in 44.14 to win the ladies’ race, ahead of Charnwood AC runner Emily Hollis who was second in 45.15.

Jo Grant (47.29) was more than two minutes back in third position.

Martin Troop was the first local finisher after clocking 42.34, and Rachel Burton (Thorney RC) took the Ladies’ Local Winner’s prize, crossing the line in 47.51.

Race organisers thank everyone for taking part and all of the marshals, volunteers and staff at the Cheney Arms for their help.

Jockeying for position on the way through the fields at the Gaddesby Gallop EMN-151229-160913002

Jockeying for position on the way through the fields at the Gaddesby Gallop EMN-151229-160913002