Double-victory for men and women at Livingston Relays


Heanor Running Club completely dominated the long-standing Livingston Relays in Leicestershire last weekend as the men romped home to their third-successive title and the women took top-spot for the first time in the event’s 88-year history.

Hannah Viner and Stuart King set the tone from the off over the quick but blustery 3 mile lap round Braunstone Park.

Hannah – making her second-claim debut for the club – judged her effort superbly and destroyed the rest of the women’s field. Crossing the line over 90 seconds clear, her time of 17.04 was the fastest of the day by 50 seconds.

Leading junior, Lily Winfield, took over on leg two and extended the team’s advantage over nearest rivals Charnwood AC. Lily (17.54) ran over 20 seconds quicker than last year to set up a near two-minute lead for Danielle de Simone.

Danielle (23.24) anchored the trio home to a 62 second victory ahead of Poplar RC.

The yellow and blue were well represented at the event as ever, with 8 teams in total turning out, ranging from U15 boys to veteran women. Dylan George (17.43) clocked the second-fastest time in the U15 age group.

Dipping inside 15 minutes, Stuart (14.56) crossed the line over half-a-minute clear of his nearest challengers in the men’s race.

Joe Rainsford took up the reins on the second leg for the men. The only one of the winning quartet to have been part of all three victorious teams, Joe (15.07) ran 2 seconds quicker than last year as he stretched the men’s lead.

Matt Bickerstaff (15.23), fresh from his first sub-32 minute 10k in Derby last month, maintained the team’s advantage before handing over to Chris Rainsford on last leg.

Chris (14.35) whizzed round the course to go 6 seconds quicker than last year and in turn clock the fastest time of the day. The team narrowly missed out on going inside one hour but their combined finishing mark of 60.01 was almost two minutes quicker than their winning performance twelve months before.

Full results HERE