October 23rd, 2016

Leamington athletes take on Ilmington challenge

Leamington athletes take on Ilmington challenge Leamington athletes take on Ilmington challenge
Updated: 7:59 pm, Feb 24, 2016

THERE were plenty of local runners in action at the final race of the Tempo Winter Series which took place in Ilmington on Sunday.

Race conditions were dominated by a strong wind that runners had to contend with particularly going over Larkstoke Hill, whcih pushed runners sideways and affected finishing times in what was the third from last race in the winter series.

Spa Striders captain, Will Johnson, got his revenge over club mate Paul Edwards by finishing fourth overall in a time of 39.45/

Edwards had beaten his skipper in the previous club race in Leamington but this time around Edwards finished behind in seventh position after crossing the finish line in 40.52.

Chris McKeown also impressed after finishing ninth in a time of 41.52, while Steven Taylor ran well to finish 17th in 43.43 and Adam Notely was 26th in 44.55.

The women ran even better with Carolyn Wilkinson claiming first lady overall (44.40) and Susie Stannard finished fight and first in the V35 (46.32) category.

A total of ten Kenilworth Runners took part in the race and Richard Broadbent was the first runner home for the team in 54th position in a time of 48.21 and he was followed by Dave Pettifer who was 59th overall but his time of 49.00 was enough to win the V65 category.

Ros Brooks was the first Kenilworth lady to finish after crossing the line in 107th position (6th LV35) in a time of 52.13 and she was followed by Stef Lunn who came24 places behind in 53.56.

Despite the strong winds Debbie Streets, benefiting from her marathon training at present, ran her fastest race of the series in 53:58.

Following the individual race prize presentation the trophy awards to the Race Series winners were made and Kenilworth’s Ros Brooks won first place in the LV35 category and Dave Pettifer was first in the V65 category.