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Andrew Siggers wins Salomon Trail Marathon

Leamington Editorial 23rd Jun, 2015 Updated: 3 hours ago

THERE were plenty of Kenilworth Runners who produced a series of impressive performances across the UK on what was another action-packed weekend.

Andrew Siggers ran an excellent race to win the Salomon Trail Marathon on Saturday.

The Welsh race takes place in the stunning trails and tracks of the world-renowned Coed y Brenin forest in the Snowdonia National Park.

It is already established as one of Wales’ finest trail marathons taking in fully marked trail single track, forest roads and paths in some of the most stunning forestry and heathland in the UK.

Siggers crossed the finished line first in a time of 3:01.46 which was over eight minutes ahead of his closest rival in second place, to take his second win at the event having crossed first also in 2013.

Three Kenilworth Runners joined 511 other runners to take part in the Malvern Half Marathon on Sunday.

Starting at the foot of the Malvern Hills at the Three Counties Showground, the route was a loop taking in many scenic villages in the area with a 1km kids fun run, 5km run and the half marathon all starting at the same time within the showground on parallel start lines.

Frank Walsh came home in 1:57.49, which was the best time out of his nine marathons so far this year.

Walsh was followed by Adair Swan and Stephen Payne who both finished in 1:57.59. The race was won by Martin Matthews in a time of 1:15.27.

Also on Sunday, Kenilworth Runners’ Steve Marr produced a tremendous performance to win the Raceways Avenger Triathlon Ragley 10km in a new personal best time of 35.34.

It was Marr’s first race win in a Kenilworth vest and fellow club mate Neil Cressy also had a fine run after finishing third in a personal best time of 36.27.

For the ladies, Jane Phillips was happy with her time of 52.07 which placed her as the 22nd fastest female (second in her age category), and Sarah Bradwell finished 106th out of 179 finishers in a time of 57.05.

And in the Long Bennington Summer Solstice 10km, which took place last Friday (June 19), Matthew Kingston-Lee finished third after bettering his recently set personal best by 12 seconds by clocking 34.10.

Equalling his best ever finish in a road race, Kingston-Lee was lying second at the half-way stage and on course to break 34 minutes.

But a muscle strain forced him to slow down and surrender his position to second placed Daniel Page.

He was delighted to claim the £25 third place prize from race organisers Grantham Running Club.

Finishers of the chip-timed race received a bottle of specially brewed local ale and a commemorative glass.

The race had a total of 750 entrants and was won by Shane Robinson who set a new course record of 31.30 and the first woman finisher was Emily Foran who crossed the finish line in 38.16.