Leamington Observer 02/10/13



Runners return with medals

Thursday 03 October 2013 Updated: 03/10 14:05

KENILWORTH Runners returned with three gold medals from the Rugby 10 on Sunday.

Richard Simkiss, the overall winner in 56-26, became the Warwickshire 10 mile champion, and was followed by Chris McCarthy 56-45.

Club captain Phil Gould was next to cross the line in 58-46, taking the Warwickshire 10 mile V35 gold medal in the process.

Stephen Page finished sixth in 60-43, a new pb by nearly six minutes, which helped Kenilworth secure the men’s team prize.

Dave Pettifer ran well to finish 44th in 70-00 picking up a prize for the fourth best age graded run and Pauline Dable crossed the line in 92-20 to become the Warwickshire 10 mile Over 65 champion.

Other Kenilworth Runners were Alex Atkinson (11th) 62-14, Neil Sheward (31st) 67-17, Richard Whiting (40th) 69-12, Gary Morgan (70th) 74-23 and Tom Dable (113th) 85-04.

Meanwhile, Kenilworth Runners’ Paddy Roddy produced a sensational performance to set the second fastest half marathon time by a British U20 athlete so far this year.

Roddy clocked 1-12.52 in the Robin Hood Half Marathon at Nottingham on Sunday which improved his previous pb by more than three minutes.

The 19-year-old, who is set to begin studies at Cambridge University, overcame a fraught start when traffic forced him to abandon his car and run three miles to the start with minutes to spare.

But he managed a measured and tactically astute race that places him No 11 all time on the Kenilworth Runners Half Marathon rankings.

Matthew Kingston-Lee also ran a very strong race, setting year bests at all intermediary distances en route to finishing in 1-17.11 – his second fastest ever half marathon time and five minutes faster than his previous best in 2012.

Stuart Hopkins tackled the full marathon and clocked 2-55:47 which was an excellent achievement in blustery conditions and earned him 15th position overall.

Neil Renault won the marathon in 2-27.08, while the Half Marathon was won by Aaron Scott (Notts AC) in 1-06.54 and Perendis Lekapana won the women’s race in 1-16.44.

Andreas Ruhnke headed off to his homeland for the 40th BMW Berlin Marathon on Sunday.

Reputed to be the fastest marathon course spectators were not disappointed when the world record was smashed by Kenyan Wilson Kipsang in a time of 2-03.23, 15 seconds faster than Patrick Makaus 2-03.38 previous record.

Ruhnke had a steady run with even splits and finished in 4-28.34.

Chris Simkiss, whilst on holiday in Cornwall, finished the Penwith Radio 5 Mile race in 32-01, beating his previous 5 mile pb by more than a minute.

Mairead Murphy (1-47.22) and Julie Pearce (1-58.11) completed the Forest of Dean Autumn Half Marathon

Five Kenilworth Runners took part in the Leamington Parkrun at Newbold Comyn on Saturday.

Owen Webb was the first home in 20th position in 20-25, followed by Michael Scandrett (76th) 24-07, Tom Dable (102nd) 24-54, Stef Shillington (117th) 26-00 and Frank Walsh (121st) 26-18.

Four Kenilworth Runners completed the Coventry parkrun on Saturday.

Barry Elkington was first home in 60th in a time of 22-14. He was followed by Laurence Copeland (211th) 26-46, Fred Rex (219th) 26-47 and Nicky Atherton (220th) 26-59.

Neil Sheward was just one second down on his parkrun pb after clocking 18-44 to finish fourth at Kingsbury Water Park.

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