ATHLETICS - Striders race in Warwickshire Cross Country Championships - The Leamington Observer

ATHLETICS - Striders race in Warwickshire Cross Country Championships

SPA Striders athletes braved freezing conditions to take on the Warwickshire County Cross Country Championships last weekend at Easenhall near Rugby.

And Charlotte Everard was the first Strider home in 27 minutes 35 seconds to finish as the third masters athlete overall and is now being considered to represent Warwickshire at the National Championships.

Next to cross the line was Katherine Robertson in 30 mins 21 secs followed by Clare Hinton in 31 mins 17 secs and Anne Hurrell in 31 mins 50 secs.

Everard, Hinton and Hurrell all scored points for the masters team and secured a surprise third place finish having all run an impressive race.

Also in action for Striders were: Kate Evans 36 mins 54 secs, Claire Edwards 42 mins 10 secs, Verity Hill 43 mins 19 secs and Vicky Howat 43 mins 41 secs.

In the men’s race, four Striders took to the course with Chris McKeown first to finish in 35 mins 5 secs to come home as the second masters athlete followed by Richard Spear 37 mins 47 secs, John-Paul Hunt 39 mins 57 secs and Andrew Owen 42 mins 8 secs.

And McKeown also took part in the Telford 10k, known for its quick course, which tends to attract the fastest runners from across the Midlands and beyond.

McKeown produced a fine run to set a new personal best (PB) time of 33 mins 54 secs, taking some 48 seconds of his previous best.

There was also a PB for Nathan Morris in 37 mins 37 secs whilst Richard Shelling finished in 46 mins 42 secs.

And Emma Teevan also set a new PB time as she travelled to Milton Keynes to race in a winter half marathon and crossed the line in 2:06:12 in freezing temperatures.

Elsewhere, Gary Perkins raced in Lanzarote, Spain and finished in 2:06:12.

Lastly, Myton Hospice held its annual Santa Dash as Striders Mark Whitehouse, Jason Hemming, Paul Atherton, Rosie Scares, Paul Carrott, Fraser Whyte, Ian Davy, Sue and James Bryant all donned Santa suits and completed the 5k run.

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