RUNNING clubs from Leamington Spa were well represented at the annual Northbrook 10km race on Sunday, which was the latest Warwickshire Road Race League event.
Starting from the Jaguar Sports Club in Coventry, the route took runners on an overcast morning on the lanes of Allesley and was particularly testing over the first half of the race which in part was due to the long inclines, but also due to heavy showers.
Kenilworth Runners had the largest number of participants with 47 finishers and some good individual performances.
Club captain Stephen Page was first home in sixth position in a time of 34.28 which was just a few seconds off his personal best time over 10km.
Stuart Hopkins finished seventh 7th and first MV35 in a time of 35.24 and Wayne Briggs continued his excellent form with another personal best time of 37.28 to finish 23rd.
Luke Bates won the U17 category in 42.48 and Dave Pettifer won the M65 category in 40.48m, while Pauline Dable crossed the line in 57.55 to finish as the fastest LV65 runner.
For the ladies Imogen Peace and Laura Fuller pushed each other hard throughout to finish 79th (41.31) and 80th (41.32) respectively.
Paul Edwards continued his strong run of form to lead the men home for Spa Striders in a time of 37.17 which was enough to take 18th overall and he was closely followed by Andy Grahan who crossed in 31st position in a time of 38.24.
Luca Tomaselli (34th) was next over the line in 38.35 and he closely followed by Chris McKeown in 38th (38.45) and Tom Gotts (39.02) who all finished under 40 minutes.
The first Spa Strider lady to cross the finish line was Bethan Gwynn who finished 13th in 43.34 and she was closely followed by Caroline Whitehouse (15th) and Fiona Edwards (17th).
A total of 15 runners from Leamington Cycling & Athletics Club (LC&AC) made the short journey to Allesley Village and Mark Urbanowski continued his fine form to finish in 13th place in a time of 36.33.
A small group of Leamington athletes battled it out for the whole race with Brian Miller just holding off Rob Wilson by one place and one second with 39.49 and 39.40 respectively.
Other notable achievers included Andrew Johnson who one month off from his 72nd birthday finished in 138th after storming home in a time of 44.29.
A total of 487 runners finished the event and Martin Whitehouse onf Mottingham Athletics Club win the race in 32.43 after leading from start to finish.
In the team events, Kenilworth men and ladies both finished in second position behind Coventry Godiva Harriers but retain their overall top spots in the Warwickshire Road Race League as do the men’s and lady’s veteran teams.
Elsewhere, Kenilworth Runners’ Andrew Siggers finished third in the inaugural Rugby Half Marathon which was also held on Sunday.
Siggers crossed the finish line in a time of 1:15.53, while team mates Richard Cookson (1:49.23) and Pavan Ayyalasomayajula (1:49.45) finished 110th and 210th. The race was won by Toby Spencer of Coventry Godiva in 1:08.56.