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A SMALL group of Leamington C & AC athletes celebrated success in the East Midlands Grand Prix Road Race Series.
The eighth and final race was held at a damp Milton Keynes, starting in a park where nearly 400 athletes had a 600m charge to a single gateway exit.
Many lost several seconds but one of the first through was C & AC’s Tom Foulerton who enjoyed a superb run to finish fifth in 33-23 which was a huge personal best.
Added to his previous high placings it was enough for Foulerton to become the overall series champion.
Nick Tawney, Dave Potter and Sue Harrison had their usual ‘club battle’ within the race.
Again it was Tawney who came out on top with his 46th place in 38.20 good enough for second in the M50 category.
Five previous race wins ensured Tawney was the overall winner of the M50 series championship.
Potter and Harrison swapped places during their personal duel with the former edging ahead by two seconds in the last 100m to finish 59th in 38.42, while the latter was 60th in 38.44.
Potter won the M55 age group and a consistent series was rewarded with the overall title.
Harrison, who is supported by The Warwickshire Golf and Country Club and Warwick Sports, finished second lady and first in the W40 class.
Using the series to build on her fitness, Harrison finished runner-up in the overall ladies championship.
Making her debut in C & AC colours and a welcome return to racing, Elaine Sherwin ran a fine 43-33 to finish 128th and 4th in the W40 age class.
Susie Tawney continued her excellent series to clock 44-00 for 147th place but she did win the W50 category. Like her husband, Susie’s fine series saw her take her age group title.
Completing the team was Graham Garlick, who ran strongly to finish around the 43 minute mark, but inexplicably was omitted from the result list.
The penultimate race had been held on the hilliest and toughest course of the eight races series at the Northamptonshire village at Weedon.
Just four C & AC runners contested the event and three returned with prizes.
After four second places in previous races Tom Foulerton sat with the leading group until the 6km point where he made his effort.
He quickly opened a gap which he extended to 200m by the finish line for his first race win in a time of 34.55.
Second C & AC runner home was Sue Harrison whose 40.23 secured third place in the ladies race.
Graham Garlick (43.25) and Susie Tawney (43.26) had their own private race with the former finally edging in front by just one second. Tawney’s fine race gave her first place in the W50 age group.
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