October 25th, 2016

Siggers stars in the second city

Updated: 2:59 pm, May 07, 2015

ANDREW Siggers continued his recent excellent run of form by finishing 16th in the BUPA Great Birmingham Run.

The Kenilworth runner finished the event on Sunday in a time of 71:51 just behind the first three ladies who were all from Kenya.

Louise Andrews was the first Kenilworth lady home in 612th in a time of 1:32:53 which was a new personal best while Trudie Udell ran her fastest half marathon in Kenilworth colours in a time of 98:55.

In total there were 23 runners from Kenilworth taking part in the race which was won by Joel Kimutai in 61:39.

There were also runners in action in Birmingham from the Leamington Spa Striders running club with Will Johnson placing highest in a time of 1:24:09 which placed him 150th overall.

Elsewhere, Stephanie Lunn was delighted to run a new personal best marathon time of 3:39:12 in the Abingdon Marathon on Sunday which placed her 307th overall.

The event always attracts a highly competitive field and takes runners through Oxfordshire villages before returning to finish with a lap of the athletics stadium at Tilsley Park.

Other notable achievers include Tom Cosgrove who cross the finish line in 312th position in a time of 3:39:13. The race was won by Chris Jordan in 2:32:35 and there were 636 finishers.

A total of six Spa Striders took part in the event with Carolyn Wilkinson taking fifth place in the ladies race with a time of 3:06:15.

She was closely followed by Melissa Venables (seventh) in 3:07:32 and Clare Hinton (17th) in 3:26:08.

And for the second time in three years, Spa Striders fielded the winning Ladies Team, comprising of Clare Hinton, Melissa Venables and Carolyn Wilkinson just as in 2012, adding another trophy to their collection.

The Strider men also recorded some good performances. Paul Edwards successfully completed his first marathon in 3:08:10 (110th), Dave Lindsay recorded a personal best of 3:57:48 (442nd) and Trevor Wilkinson lead the runners home in 3.01:45 (65th).