19th Sep, 2019

88 runners take on the Two Castles challenge - the latest from Spa Striders

Ben Tyler 13th Jun, 2019

EIGHTY-EIGHT runners from Spa Striders took to the Two Castles event on Sunday – setting a club record in the process.

The event which started at Warwick Castle, and finished at Kenilworth Castle, was contested by a record number of runners from the club, with Ian Allen breaking his own club record at the event by finishing third in 34:08.

He was followed close behind by Chris McKeown (35:14), Neil Smith (35:40), Simon Ludford (38:21), Trevor Wilkinson (40:45) and Simon Parsons (41:15) – who all added valuable points for the Warwickshire Road Race League.

In the women’s event, Mairi Walker was again leading the way as the first female Strider home in 41:12, while Michelle Hutton (41:53), Laura Peake (42:07) and Jo Fleming (42:37) were the top-ranking runners from the club to record points for the WRRL, enough to rank the female runners second overall in the event.

The remaining Spa Strider runners to finish the race were as follows: Joseph McCullagh (41:50), Pete Teevan (41:53), Rob Egan (42:06), Iain Roebuck (42:31), Lloyd Harriman (42:42), Luke Bennett (42:42), David Chantrey (42:34), Rob Mantell (42:17), Claire Murphy (42:48), Paul Quinney (43:08), James Hartwright (43:22), Kate Gadsby (43:47), Susie Stannard (44:44), Andy Roach (44:45), James Wiberley (43:50), Kelsey Wiberley (43:51), Greg Harris (44:25), Richard Sharman (44:30), Kat Lambeth (45:18), Ben Cohen (45:18), Alex Turner (44:59), Charlotte Cox (45:33), Matthew Palmer (45:45), Billy Morton (45:50), Andy Pope (45:53), Clare Hinton (45:58), Susan Cox (46:16), Anne Hurrell (46:22), Simon Reiter (46:50), Matt Leydon (47:11), Anita Lenneis (47:22), Chris Buck (48:02), Michael Clarke (48:05), Emma Bish (48:31), Jonathan Pool (48:44), Lucy Hartwright (49:02), Hartwig Busch (49:14), Kevin Baskerville (49:22), Nadine Lee (49:37), Ruth Tennant (49:36), Shaun Martin (49:46), Lucy Marcovitch (50:14), Richard Shelling (51:09), Iain McArthur (51:09), Felicity Harer (51:48), Paul Harris (51:33), Patrick James (51:53), Eugene McNally (52:05), Lucy Walton (52:12), Steven Taylor (52:14), Louise Ward (52:21), Richard Lowery (52:26), Dave McNamara (52:28), Sandra Stokes (52:32), Catherine Friggens (52:33), Fern Donoghue (53:06), Jacqui Quinney (53:31), Claire Westrope (53:49), Sean Warren (53:49), Catherine Barham (53:56), Roz Cox (54:29), Louise Dwyer (54:42), James Robbins (55:53), Abi Morton (56:07), Anne-Claire Bennion (56:07), Mathieu Grassi (56:24), Louise Parry (56:53), David Lithgow (57:52), Kevin Pantling (58:50), Lisa Edgerton (59:34), Kam Wong (59:35), Tess Robinson (59:40), Claire Rawbone (1:02:40), Emma Teevan (1:03:48), James Warren (1:04:34), Brian Warren (1:07:54) and Alison Gibbons (1:12:55).

Meanwhile at The South Downs 100km, Andi Dunn (25:16:26) and Jack Gammon (27:14:01) completed the event in remarkable times, taking in the picturesque sights of Winchester, running east towards the finishing line in Eastbourne.

Over at the Race to the Tower non-stop double marathon in the Cotswolds, Jane Cummings finished in a time of 20:35:52, as she crossed from Gloucestershire into Worcestershire.

Florencia Brea finished under two hours for the first time over at the Doncaster Half Marathon, which she completed in 1:58:30, whilst Pete Soley also broke a personal barrier by finishing under three hours at the Yeovil Marathon in 2:57:37.

In the annual Man vs Horse race, taking place over the course of 22 miles and pitting runners against riders on horseback, Andrew Grimshaw finished the event in 3:42:37 – maintaining a good pace of 10:08 minutes per mile.

Liz Draper completed her 65th marathon at the Hardmoors White Horse marathon, finishing in 83rd in a time of 6:52:29 at the event in North Yorkshire.

Helene Wright (2:35:24) and Clive Parpworth (2:44:39) took on the AJ Bell World Triathlon in Leeds, where they took part in the open race standard distance event.

Simon Reiter was busy racing at the Olympic Park last Wednesday in the Chase the Sun 10k, where he finished in 46:57.

Allen and Walker were also in action in midweek prior to their Two Castles endeavours, finishing in 2:10 and 2:33 respectively in the 800m Warwickshire Open Grade track event.

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