KENILWORTH Runners’ Phil Gould claimed an excellent third place in his category at the British National 5,000m championships at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on Sunday.
Gould clocked a time of 16:29:74 in the V35 category.
The sun magically appeared, but the high swirling winds put paid to any attempt to break 16 minutes. However, Gould was extremely happy with his placing in what can only be described as a 12-and-a-half-lap slog.
Indeed, when the runner ten metres in front of Gould on the final lap was physically blown from lane one to lane two as his legs tired, Gould had enough energy to sprint past with 200m to go.
RUNNERS ladies enjoyed double success at the Moreton Morrell School’s Out 10k and 20k at Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell, on Saturday.
Laura Pettifer was first lady in the 10k event and Louise Andrews first lady in the 20k event. The Kenilworth pair, who have been pushing each other to PBs over the last few weeks, opted for different events on this occasion.
The races are run in around the grounds of Warwickshire College and pass through the village of Ashorne before returning to the college via a steep hill. The 10k course is one lap and the 20k course two laps.
Pettifer finished 16th overall in the 10k in a time of 44:37. The race was won by Jake Watson in 36:46 and there were 111 finishers.
Andrews finished tenth overall in the 20k in a time of 1:29:33. The race was won by Kirk Giles of Knowle and Dorridge in a time of 1:16:10 and there were 63 finishers, including other Kenilworth Runners Julie Pearce (40th in 1:48:17), Mike Crust (42nd in 1:50:09), Lisa Sears (49th in 1:53:09) and Rod Goodwin (58th in 2:00:37).
RUNNERS’ Connor Carson continued his success in trail racing this year by winning the Stourbridge Stumble 10k on Saturday.
The event, hosted by Stourbridge Running Club, starts and finishes in Mary Stevens Park in Stourbridge and had 239 finishers.
Carson led for most of the race and finished in a time of 36:14, over a minute clear of second placed Tom Kenderdine of Halesowen.
THE 54321 Salisbury Multi-Terrain Marathon took place in Wiltshire on Sunday and Kenilworth Runners’ Dave Pettifer won the first V65 prize as he finished 44th overall out of 250 finishers in a time of 4:10:21.
The race was won by Richard Swindlehurst of Wimbourne AC in a time of 3:14:49.
ANDREW Siggers had another excellent run in his build-up to the Berlin Marathon in September as he finished first in the Coventry Parkrun in the Memorial Park on Saturday in a time of 17:05.
Also running well was Matt Griffiths who ran a new PB time of 19:28 to finish tenth.