ATHLETICS - Striders on track at home and abroad - The Leamington Observer

ATHLETICS - Striders on track at home and abroad

SPA Striders competed at home and abroad last weekend with several club athletes taking part in the Alcester 10k.

Several new club members competed in the race with Darren Tosh the first Strider home in 40 minutes 3 seconds followed by Paul Kirby who set a personal best (PB) time of 43 mins 4 secs with Mark Whitehouse just a second behind.

Next to cross the line was Paul Quinney in 44 mins 38 secs with Simon Reiter 51 mins 11 secs, Jacqui Quinney 52 mins 49 secs, Catherine Barham 53 mins 19 secs and Gary Perkins 58 mins 55 secs all finishing in under one hour.

Completing the Striders cohort were Georgie Acton who crossed the line in 1 hour 24 secs, Ves Hill and Gill Walker both 1 hr 3 mins 12 secs, Sharon Kerr 1 hr 7 mins 17 secs, Jane Howarth 1 hr 24 mins 40 secs and Lynn Hussain 1 hr 25 mins 49 secs.

Staying in Warwickshire, a group of Striders took part in the Rugby 10-mile race with Neil Smith the first Strider across the line in 57 mins 6 secs to place fourth overall.

Next to finish was Richard Spear in 1 hr 2 mins 16 secs closely followed by Chris Wilson in 1 hr 2 mins 47 secs who set a new personal best time over the distance with Trevor Wilkinson a few minutes further back in 1 hr 6 mins 8 secs.

Completed the lineup were Kat Robertson (1:14:44), Andrew Pope (1:17:16), Naomi Cruden (1:20:03), Kirsty Middleton (1:22:50) and Caroline Hughes (1:38:02).

Also competing in the county were Kelsey Wiberley and Anne-Claire Bennion who took on the Rhino Challenge as the pair attempted to run as many laps of Newbold Comyn as possible in six hours.

Bennion ran a highly impressive 27.2 miles whilst Wiberley managed 20 miles on her comeback from injury.

Across the Atlantic, two Striders took part in the Chicago Marathon as Pete Teevan ran a superb 3 hrs 23 mins to achieve his fifth medal in the Abbott World Marathon Majors series and was closely followed by Richard Humphrey in 3 hrs 37 mins 11 secs.

Also competing in Chicago was Emma Teevan over a 5km distance who ran a solid 28 mins 58 secs whilst Pete finished in 20 mins 40 secs as he prepared for the next day’s marathon.

Over in Abu Dhabi, Kevin Baskerville took part in the Yas Acres Pink 10km run and finished in 53 mins 24 secs in his first outdoors event of the season.

Back in the UK, Claire Rawbone took on the beautiful wooded Salcey Forest 10km run in Northamptonshire and finished in 59 mins 56 secs.

In the first Canicross Midlands League race, four-legged Striders were in action at Box End Park in Bedford.

And Elaine Sherwin won the canicross veteran female long course with two days of 5k’s with Ness and Morgana whilst Rosy Skilton won the two-dog female long course and Lucy ran with Reuben in the short course.


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