ATHLETICS - Spa Striders out in good numbers at latest Warwickshire Road Race League meeting - The Leamington Observer

ATHLETICS - Spa Striders out in good numbers at latest Warwickshire Road Race League meeting

Leamington Editorial 11th Jul, 2023 Updated: 17th Jul, 2023   0

SPA Striders ran their socks off in the Sphinx-Copsewood one-mile relays as 39 of the club’s athletes took part in the race.

Striders were able to enter seven ladies teams, five men’s teams and seven mixed teams with many supporters present.

The teams were evenly matched within the club, meaning lots of different athletes were all running together and everyone opted to run one or two laps.

A huge highlights for Striders was the return of Dan Robertson who wore the club vest for the first time since recovering from a liver transplant.

Elsewhere, Jack Gammon took on the Race to the Stones ultramarathon – a 100km route along the oldest path in Britain from the Uffington White Horse to the ancient stone circle in Avebury.

Gammon completed the course in an impressive 15 hours 13 minutes to qualify for the ballot for the Western States Endurance Run.




Additionally, Martin Clark was racing in the Wendover Woods Night 50km which takes in three 10-mile loops of forest trails mostly in darkness with a mixture of soft and steep undulations.

More than 50 Striders took part in the Northbrook 10km in what was the fifth race of the Warwickshire Road Race League.

Chris McKeown was first Strider home in fourth place in a speedy 34 minutes 15 seconds as he was denied a place on the podium in the final 800m.


There were personal best times for Chris Wilson (37:00), Matt Leydon (41:59), Naomi Cruden (44:51), Richard Humphrey (39:05), Andy Shilling (41:38), Kenneth Gregor (42:37), Patrick James (43:29), Amy Butler (51:36), Ellie Bagshaw (50:59) and Tina Roebuck (53:08).

Teresa Huggins showed grit and determination to set a new course PB while Gill Walker also achieved a course PB.

Lastly, Daniel Hobson was racing in the Xterra Snowdonia Trail Half Marathon with most of the 1,192m of ascent up Wales’s highest peak.

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