David Leadley leads the way for Kenilworth Runners at Abingdon Marathon - The Leamington Observer

David Leadley leads the way for Kenilworth Runners at Abingdon Marathon

Leamington Editorial 20th Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0


ONE of the stars of the weekend for Kenilworth Runners was David Leadley who competed in his first full marathon.

The 33rd Abingdon Marathon took place on Sunday and took runners along a flat course in the town of Abingdon and the surrounding villages.

Leadley produced an excellent performance to finish 44rd overall in a field of 1,200 after crossing the finish line in a time of 2:55.22.

After comfortably pacing with a group aiming to finish under two hours and 50 minutes, Leadley struggled a bit over the final two miles but still managed to finish under three hours and his time placed him second in the V50 age category.

The event was won by Darryl Hards of Worthing and District Harriers in a time of 2:30.46.

Elsewhere at the Midlands Countries Championship Relays in Uttoxeter, Kenilworth Runners Men’s A team enjoyed an encouraging fifth place finish.

The team comprised of Stephen Page, Connor Carson, Pete Hawkins and Phil Gould who completed the 4x5km course in a time of 1:07.42.

The club’s second team, which comprised of Marc Curtis, Mick Williams, Richard Cookson and Stewart Underhill finished 25th.

Kenilworth ladies fielded tree teams finishing 15th, 22nd and 26th respectively.

There was double success for Kenilworth Runners at the Welcombe Wobbler and Welcome Trembler events on Sunday.

Connor Carson won the 10km distance Wobbler race in 32.41 and Danielle Bryan won the Trembler 5km distance in a time of 19.05.


RUNNERS from Spa Striders were here, they and everywhere over the weekend.

At the Abingdon Marathon, Trevor Wilkinson broke three hours again with an impressive time of 2:58.09 and following him in his footsteps was Paul Edwards who set a new personal best with a time of 3:0.04.

Both made the good for age qualifying times for the London marathon, while Carolyn Wilkinson grabbed a championship place for the London event for the seventh time in 3:12.19.

At the Welcombe Wobbler, the club’s mens captain came third in a personal best time of 35.18 and Bethan Gwynn and Caroline Whitehoue bagged a second and third to make it a great day for the club.

There were also impressive performances by Lucas Thrillson who recorded a new personal best time of 1:58.39 at the Exeter Half Marathon, Pete Soley who completed the Birmingham Half Marathon in 1:25.56 and Matt Leydon who took part in the Amsterdam Marathon and recorded a time of 3:56.31.

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