October 23rd, 2016

Victory for Louise Andrews in Weedon

LOUISE Andrews increased her lead in the LV40 category of the East Midlands Grand Prix Series after winning the Weedon 10km event last Tuesday.

The Kenilworth Runner won the event in a time of 43 minutes and 59 seconds to increase her unassailable lead in the series with one race to go.

Barry Elkington was the next runner home for Kenilworth Runners’ in a time of 45.54 to finish 124th overall (3rd in the V60 category).

Martin Lambert (146th) finished under two minutes behind in 47.22, Tom Dable was fourth in the V65 category in 55.38 and Pauline Dable’s time of 59.07 was enough to claim first spot in the LV65 category.

In total there were 318 finishers and the race was won by Rugby & Northampton’s Elisha De Mello.

Elsewhere, Kenilworth Runners’ Martin Belcher went back to the land of his fathers to run the Swansea Half Marathon on Sunday.

The event took runners from the city centre and headed around Swansea Bay to The Mumbles before turning back along the cycleway along the beach.

The flat course and bright weather made it a day for fast times and Belcher’s time of 1:38.02 was enough to claim 464 out of 4,280 runners. The race was won by Dewi Griffiths in one hour and five minutes while Hannah Walker was the first female home in one hour and 14 minutes.

In the Race for Life at Stoneleigh, Jane Phillips donned a pink Tutu and joined thousands of other women to raise money for Caner Research.

Phillips did superbly well to finish the race in 23 minutes and 57 second which earned her sixth position overall.

There were plenty of Spa Striders in action over the weekend with six runners competing in the Leamington Cyling and Athletic Club Championship 5,000m invitation race.

With runners more suited to road races than track events, personal best times fell dramatically with Paul Edwards leading the team home in 17.39 and Steve Taylor was not far behind in 18.14.

Dan Fleming (18.33), Alistair Geddes (19.46), Natalie Carroll (20.48) and Andrew Pope (21.13) also competed.

Up in Scotland, James Browne completed the brutal Celtman Triathlon in 17 hours 58 minutes. The course comprised of a 3.8km swim in Loch Sheildaig, followed by a 22km cycle across the Highlands and finishing with a 42km marathon, which takes competitors over two Munros.

Browne successfully negotiated the course and too home a coveted blue t-shirt for taking part and he also raised £2,000 for Marie Curie Care.