3rd Dec, 2016

New personal best times at final road race for Spa Striders

Steve Carpenter 5th Oct, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE last race of the Warwickshire Road Race League took place in Rugby on Sunday and there were several standout performances from Leamington-based Spa Striders.

Paul Edwards finished the ten-mile race strongly to cross the line in tenth position with a new personal best time of 1:01.46.

Chris McKeown was next to cross the line in 1:02.06, which was also a PB, and was followed by Ste Taylor (1:03.28), Keith Wilson (1:07.59), Rich Sykes (1:09.10) and Rob Mantell (1:12.33) who made up the Striders’ men’s team and who all also hit new PB times.

Kate Gadsby was the first women Strider home and her time of 1:11.19 (PB) was fast enough for her to take first place in the V35 category.

Susie Stannard also recorded a new PB after finishing in 1:13.05 and Dawn Clark (1:14.13) followed her home just over a minute later.

There was also PB times in Rugby for

Adam Newton (1:16.37), Paul Quinney (1:16.59), Richard Bicknell (1:21.08), Andrew Mackenzie (1:24.23), Fiona Edwards (1:15.54), Claudine Piper (1:24.36), Helene Wright (1:27.05), Lucy Tugwell (1:27.08), Amanda Wiggins (1:27.33).

Elsewhere, Lorraine Parsons took on the Chester Marathon and crossed the finish line in a new personal best time of 4 hours and nine minutes, which was a staggering 17 minutes quicker than her previous effort.

Lorraine’s husband, Simon, also completed the metric marathon and finished 21st overall.

The brutal winds in Lincolnshire failed to deter Carolyn and Trevor Wilkinson who both took part in the Mablethorpe Marathon.

Carolyn ran a superb race to finish as the fastest lady in an impressive time of 3:10.56, while husband Trevor was second in the vet 50 category in a time of 3:12.54.

Ben Parkinson cross the Welsh border and ran the Cardiff Half Marathon in a time of 1:44.17.

And Mike Mannion (59.19), Gethyn Friswell (1:10.39) and Emily Field-Lucas (1:08.55) all competed in the Warwickshire Triathlon.