October 25th, 2016

Danielle Bryan sets Kenilworth record in the ‘Big Apple’

Danielle Bryan sets Kenilworth record in the ‘Big Apple’ Danielle Bryan sets Kenilworth record in the ‘Big Apple’

DANIELLE Bryan produced the performance of a life-time at the New York Half Marathon to record the fastest ever marathon time for a Kenilworth Runner.

Kenilworth Runners’ Bryan fulfilled her potential in New York on Sunday when she ran the iconic route in a time of two hours, 57 minutes and 39 seconds.

Her plans was to go out hard and maintain a fast pace as long as possible and at the half-way point her tactic was going well. She did drop her pace over the final five minutes but dug deep to set a new club record and finished 607th overall and 38th fastest lady.

Fellow Kenilworth Runner Dave Pettifer also produced a fantastic performance to win gold in his V65 age group at the British Masters Athletic Federation Marathon Championships in Newcastle under Tyne on Sunday.

With unexpected warm weather, Pettifer negotiated the tricky five-lap course in controlled fashion and his tactics paid off as he crossed the finish line in three hours and 20 minutes to claim first place in the V65 category.

Elsewhere, after recording a new personal best time at Saturday’s Park Run, Louise Andrews ran exceptionally well to secure first placed lady in the first race of the 2015/16 Centurion Runners Grand Prix Series.

Andrews finished the five-mile race on Sunday in a time of 34.32 while Neil Sheward was the first Kenilworth make Kenilworth Runner home in 31.36, which was enough to secure 16th.

Tom Dable finished 84th in a time of 40.58, while Samantha Moffatt crossed in 42.14 to finish 91st and Pauline Dable was 102nd in a time of 44.11. The race was won by Richard White of Halesowen in 26.19.

There were plenty of Spa Strider in action of the weekend and with months of marathon training in their legs, both Trevor Wilkinson and Paul Edwards decided to test themselves over short-course races at the weekend.

Wilkinson travelled to Solihull to take part in the Centurion 5 (mile) event where he enjoyed the three-lap route along paths within Babbs park.

His 5.35 split for the first mile saw him lying eighth before he steadied his pace to complete the course in 30.17 which placed him in 12th position and the fourth fastest veteran.

Edwards took a fantastic 23 seconds off his Leamington parkrun personal best to finish third in a time of 18.29.