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8th Dec, 2021

Venables racks up impressive tally in Crawley A.I..M 12 hour race, as Spa Striders impress once more

Ben Tyler 15th Apr, 2019

MELISSA Venables clocked up 78 miles to finish as the first lady, and the second overall, at the Crawley A.I.M track race, amongst a glut of other achievements for the Spa Striders.

The 12 hour race – starting at 8pm on Saturday, and ending at 8am on Sunday – was lapped 313 times by Venables, who ran 26 more laps than the second best lady.

Elsewhere, John-Paul Hunt finished in two hours, 15 minutes at the Cannock Chase Trail Half Marathon, despite being sent in the wrong direction along with around 100 other runners, whilst Neil Smith finished second (57:48) at the 10-mile Draycote Water event – a club record.

He was followed by Tim Robb in 1:30:53.

At the Draycote 10km meanwhile, Joseph McCullagh finished 16th (42:03), followed by Luke Bennett (42:24) in 17th, Lloyd Harriman (42:25) in 18th and Kat Lambeth (45:18) – the fourth fastest lady – with personal bests.

Mick Clarke finished the group of runners, coming home in 50:25.

Andy Roach led the Spa contingent at the Droitwich Half Marathon (1:39:36), followed by Kevin Baskerville (1:50:32).

Over in the Boston Half Marathon, Andrew Graham finished 28th overall and third in his age group (1:27:21), whilst Ben Cohen completed a personal best time of 3:27:44 at the Brighton Marathon.

Emma Bish (3:56:50) was the fastest woman at the marathon, achieving a PB time and finishing a course below four hours for the first-time.

She was joined by Jane Cummings (4:08:35) and Lorraine Parsons (4:15:56) in running good races.

Over in the Paris Marathon РStuart Williamson came home in 4:05:22, Lucy Tugwell (1:37:08) won her age group at the Battlefield Duathon, whilst Nigel Fox completed the 50km off-road Hell of the North Cotswolds event Рin homage to the Paris-Roubaix event run on the same day in France.

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