Stilton Strider Luke shines at Beacon Solstice

Luke Eggleston with his runners-up trophy at the Beacon Solstice EMN-170620-184032002
Luke Eggleston with his runners-up trophy at the Beacon Solstice EMN-170620-184032002

A large group of Stilton Striders raced in the Beacon Solstice, a five-mile trail race around Beacon Hill Country Park.

Luke Eggleston finished second overall after an excellent run, clocking 32min 09secs, while clubmate was seven places back in ninth after posting 33.50, to finish first vet 40.

Striders at the Beacon Solstice EMN-170620-184044002

Striders at the Beacon Solstice EMN-170620-184044002

Clive Kent was next for the Melton club in 35.23, just a few strides ahead of Paul Geeson (35.27) and Michael Atton (35.37).

Simon Bottrill clocked 37.50, and John Wilson stopped the clock in 41.50, while Rebecca Forester was first lady back for Striders in 43.54.

Other Striders times: Jacqui Riley 45.29, Brian Walkling 46.22, Helen Plant 46.57, Ray Walker 47.22, Liz Heaton 47.45, Sarah Lawrence 48.42, Matt Chalmers 49.25, Liz Parkinson 49.30, Vanessa Walker 50.06, Celia Brown 51.14, Greeba Heard 51.41, Kathy Walsh 51.41, Deborah Wilson 52.11, Laura Pickard 52.41, Kaye Mead 53.54, Elaine Bottrill 57.02, Laura Peacock 58.06, Shaun Staff 58.21, Jenny Kent 60.09.

The race was also open to canicross, where runners race with a dog which has to be attached to the runner, usually with a lead system fitted around the runner’s waist.

Natalie Teece (left) and Liz Goodbourn both won categories at the latest Leicester 5k race EMN-170620-184054002

Natalie Teece (left) and Liz Goodbourn both won categories at the latest Leicester 5k race EMN-170620-184054002

They started five minutes before the runners and Ben Pickard competed in this category with his dog Geoff and finished in 46.38.

Tony Allen and Merlin also competed and clocked 51.41.

* A couple of Striders ran the latest round of the Leicester 5k Summer Series with Natalie Teece again first lady in 20min 23secs.

Liz Goodbourn was first lady vet 50 in 23.47, and both came away with a bottle of wine prize.