LEAMINGTON C&AC star Sue Harrison returned to racing after a six-month injury-enforced lay-off with an appearance at the Banbury 5, which has proved successful for her over the years.
This year’s race was the fifth of the 2014 East Midlands Grand Prix eight-race series and 398 turned out for the Tuesday evening race.
Harrison was the first C&AC athlete home in 76th place overall and the sixth lady to finish. Her time of 31.50 was better than expected and saw her take the W40 first prize.
Team-mate Paul Caruna was 107th in 32.38. The club’s ladies’ team was completed by Elaine Sherwan 141st in 34.04 (3rd V.40) and Susie Tawney 160th in 34.38, with Tawney 2nd in the V50 category.
The ladies’ team race was very close with Spa Striders taking first prize just 1min, 40sec in front of the C&AC trio of Graham Garlick 173rd in35/08 and Roland Hancock 217th in 36.48 who completed the C&AC team.
After the race Harrison said: “It is great to be back into racing. I didn’t know what to expect and I hope to move forward in the next few weeks as my mileage builds. I can’t thank the Warwickshire Golf & Country Club enough for their support through this difficult period.”