16th Jul, 2019

Blue skies greet Striders for Cotswolds half marathon

RUNNING: BLUE skies greeted Spa Striders on Sunday morning as 14 athletes faced Broadway’s half or full marathon.

Hosted in near perfect conditions, rain from the previous day made conditions extremely heavy.

In the Marathon, Bethan Gwynn (4:11:04) was the first Strider home in 14th place overall and second lady.

She held off third lady Melissa Venables (4:12:18).

Anne Hurrell (4:24:21) celebrated her first trail marathon with an impressive placing as fourth lady.

Matt Leydon (5:08:48) and Lucy Tugwell (5:13:10) were next to finish, with Andy Pope, Amanda Wiggins and Pete Schofield crossing the line together in 5:37:18.

In the Half Marathon, runners raced hard from the start and Chris McKeown (1:38:04) had an excellent race to finish fourth, five minutes ahead of his nearest rival.

Keith Wilson (1:47:45) placed 11th while Rich Sykes (1:52:01) and Rob Mantell (1:58:37) also ducked under the two-hour mark.

Sandra Stokes (2:23:27) was first in her age category while Dave Lithgow (2:41:08) and Kathleen McCann (2:55:53) completed the Spa Strider contingent.

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