THERE were plenty of local runners in action at the 10km race at Draycote Water on Sunday with Spa Striders’ Kevin White finishing 17th out of over 300 entries.
The event took runners on a lap around the scenic waters near Rugby and White crossed the line in a time of 37.58, which was just over six minutes slower than the winner Toby Spencer from Coventry Godiva.
A total of 14 Spa Striders took part with Paul Edwards finishing just over 30 seconds behind team mate White in 38.27 and Tom Gotts was next over the line in 19th,
Pete Soley ran a strong race to record a new personal best time of 39.50 which was his first sub-40 minute time, while Luke Hillson took a staggering three minutes off his PB to finish his first sub-50 minute 10k race (49.32).
Fiona Edwards (43.32) led the female Striders with both Fiona and Elena Savelieva (48.52) running close to PB times. Claire Westrope’s first season with the club has resulted in a string of PB performances and Draycote was no exception after she clocked 54.08.
Kenilworth Runners’ were represented by Laura Pettifer who was the first of four ladies to finish the event after finishing as the sixth fastest lady in a time of 44.14.
She was followed by Rachael Siggers who had a fine run to finish at the ninth fastest lady in 46.05.
Emily Morris finished 15th lady in 48.45 and Samantha Moffatt continued her recent fine form finishing 30th lady in a new personal best time of 53.16.
Elsewhere, Kenilworth Runners’ Chris Simkiss finished runner up in the 10km Raceways Schools Out event which was held at Warwickshire College Moreton Morrell on Saturday.
The heat did not take its toll on Simkiss who crossed the finish line in 39.46 just 18 seconds behind winner Charles Straveley.
Dave Ramus also had a fine run finishing in third position in a time of 40.36.
In the 20km race, David Leadley was first home for Kenilworth in seventh position in a time of 1:23.04, with Neil Sheward finishing two places behind in 1:27.07 and he was closely followed by Dave Pettifer (1:27.21) in tenth.
Louise Andrews ran strongly in the heat and was next to finish in 1:32.27 which was enough to finish as the fastest lady.
And Spa Striders Nick Adams and Caroline Whitehouse travelled to the Great Yarmouth for the half marathon.
The hot conditions were a big factor on the day and race tactics had to be adjusted accordingly but Whitehouse managed to finish as the fifth fastest lady overall in a time of 1:43.30, while Adams placed sixth in his age category (Vet 50 1:44.16).