RUNNING: MORE than 70 Spa Striders lined up at the annual Two Castles 10km race at the weekend, a date that’s become a highlight on the running calendar.
The undulating course can present its challenges, with some lengths of the course sapping leg strength.
Despite this, it was another successful year for Striders who were also competing within the WRRL.
The men were led home by Pete Soley with a two minute course PB in a time of 36mins 14secs.
He was followed by Adam Notley (37:26) in a one-minute course-best.
Steve Taylor (37:35), Andy Bonjour (39:14) and Keith Wilson (39:42) followed while Rob Thompson (40:06) made up the men’s scoring team.
The ladies took home the second team prize on the day as Kenilworth Runners bagged gold.
Melissa Venables led the way in a time of 41mins 09secs while Charlotte Everard (42:15), Kate Gadsby (43:48), and Laura Peake (43:55) took the minor placings.
Elsewhere on Tuesday evening Andrew Bonjour continued his strong form by clocking his first PB of the week at the Banbury ‘Five Miler’ in a time of 31mins 24secs.
Dave Lindsay finished in 34:42 and Dawn Clark in 37:56.
At the Keswick Mountain Festival, Rich Sykes completed the 25km trail distance in 2hrs 22mins 36secs and Helen Forrest completed the 5km distance in 35:21.
Chris Jones ran the Holly Challenge Half Marathon, completing the distance in 2:36:06.
At the Pitchcroft 10km, Andy Graham finished in 37:53 and Dan Stannard in 39:48.
Paul and Fiona Edwards returned to their home town to run the Bolton Hill Marathon – a 50% road and 50% trail race.
Paul Edwards came 3rd in 3hrs 18mins 04secs and Fiona Edwards was sixth lady in 4:22:22.
Finally Kelsey Wiberley completed her first Olympic-distance triathlon event at the Avenger Tri in 3:29:04.