October 23rd, 2016

Connor Carsen leads the way at Kenilworth Festival of Running

Updated: 1:33 pm, May 05, 2016

KENILWORTH Runners hosted the Kenilworth Festival of Running at Abbey Fields on Bank Holiday Monday with Connor Carson winning the 10km event.

Over 500 people took part in a series of events which included a 10km run over three laps of the testing hilly course while there was also a 10km relay, a one-mile family run and a one-mile race for pupils in years five and six.

Carson managed to pull clear from Steve Hanly on the second lap and went on to win the main event in a time of 37 minutes and 35 seconds, finishing 27 seconds ahead of Hanly in second, while Vassilis Andreoulakis of Kenilworth Runners came third in 40.14.

In the ladies race, it was a win for Laura Pettifer of Kenilworth Runners who recorded her first race win in a time of 46.32 after pulling away from Saffia Del Torre and Clare Hinton of Spa Striders on the second lap and finishing strongly on lap three.

In the relay race the Kenilworth Runners youth trio of Oliver Flippance, Oliver Lunn and Felix Lunn were first home in 40.46 but it was a close race with the second placed Chahal team just six seconds behind. Crackley Hall were triumphant for the 3rd year running in the Schools Challenge.

Elsewhere, ten Spa Striders headed over to Staffordshire on Sunday for the sixth Lichfield Half Marathon, which is also the first race of the club’s summer series.

A strong southerly wind made the final section of an undulating course slow going but that did not stop three Strider recording personal best times and a second place finish for Mel Venables, only five weeks since victory in the Perth 100km.

Venables finished 63rd overall in a time of 1:30.24 with Lorraine Parsons (1:49.09) and Claire Westrope (1:57.48) both bagging PBs behind her.

In the men’s race, Will Johnson led the way to grab a top ten finish with his time of 1:20.48 good enough to claim ninth place. Trevor Wilkinson came 22nd in 1:24.11 ahead of team mate Paul Edwards who finished 30th in 1:25.53.