October 28th, 2016

Leamington runners impress in Milton Keynes

Updated: 12:11 pm, Mar 10, 2016

THREE Kenilworth Runners took part in the Milton Keynes Festival of Running on Sunday with Marc Curtis producing a brilliant run to finish 29th overall in the half marathon event.

There were options for 5km, 10km, half marathon and 20-mile runners on routes which took participants through the town centre and along many footpaths and lakes.

Curtis ran an excellent race to finish in a time of 1:22.33 which saw him claim fourth in the V45 category and he was just one second outside his personal best. The race was won by Richard Waldren of Southampton AC in 1:10.22.

Both Dave Pettifer and Pavan Ayyalasomayajula opted for the 20-mile event with Pettifer finishing 171st overall and first in the V65 category in two hours and 31 minutes which took him to the top of the UK V65 20-mile rankings.

His team mate finished 571st after crossing the finish line 3:16.31. The race was won by Paul Navesey of Crawley AC in 1:52.14.

A clutch of Spa Striders also travelled to Milton Keynes to take part in a variety of distances.

In the 20-mile race, marathon training went well for Robert Thompson (2:15.15), Andrew Bonjour (2:40.16) and Russell Weston-Walker (2.59.05), while captain Will Johnson raced the half-marathon distance in 1:18.23 to claim a top ten position.

Elsewhere, there were ideal conditions for the penultimate race of the Centurion Grand Prix five-miles series of six on Sunday where Kenilworth Runners’ Neil Sheward finished in 12th position overall and first in the MV50 cateogry in 31.17.

Louise Andrews finished 24th overall and was the second fastest lady in 35.14, while Tom Dable ran well in 42.23 and Pauline Dable crossed the finish line in 44.41.

After five events Neil Sheward is placed in fifth for the series (first MV50) ahead of Gavin Davies and in the ladies competition Louise Andrews is in first with Louise Marklew of Knowle & Dorridge just behind in the overall series.

The final race in the series and is going to be an exciting and close event for both Neil and Louise.

Fiona and Paul Edwards ran well for Spa Striders in the Trotters five-mile Trail with Paul claiming seventh in 30.25 and his partner was one place behind in 34.45.