Road race league winners collect their trophies

TROPHY TIME -- road race league winners with their prizes.
TROPHY TIME -- road race league winners with their prizes.

Some of the main 2015 prize winners in one of the most enduring events on the Ilkeston sporting calendar, the Booths Decorators Road Race League, have collected their trophies.

There are 12 clubs in the ever-popular league, including Ilkeston Running Club and Long Eaton Running Club, with more than 300 competitors taking part in each race.

The age of the runners ranges from just 14 to 70-plus, which goes some way towards explaining why the league has gone from strength to strength over the last 20 years.

Many of this year’s leading competitors received their honours from Louis Booth, who is chairman and sponsor of the league, at the Chaddesdon Park Cross-Country Race, which was hosted by Chesapeake Running Club.

Mr Booth said: “I must say a big thankyou to all the volunteers from each club who helped to organise the hosting of the races around Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

“Our next scheduled race will be at the Bakewell Showground, hosted by Matlock Running Club, on Sunday, December 6. Our local club in Ilkeston meets at the Rutland Sports Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm. Please come and join us.”

Ilkeston Running Club is a friendly, expanding organisation that prides itself on a sociable approach to athletics and now has more than 100 members, aged from 18 to over 70.

As well as the road race league, the club organises its own ten-mile race around Shipley Park every August, plus a monthly 5k event to monitor the performances of members, a league championship and a non-competitive club championship.

Long Eaton Running Club, which is similarly friendly and sociable, meets at the West Park Leisure Centre on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. It also caters for all ages and abilities, from the 12-minute miler to the 12-miles-an-hour athlete. Members compete in leagues and races across the region throughout the year.