The Rugby Advertiser reports;
It’s a 1-2-3 for Kenilworth Runners as the Green Army ‘absolutely piss it’.
The green shirts of Kenilworth Runners and the short shorts of Phil Gould took the top three spots in the Rugby 10 mile road race on Sunday, organised by Rugby & Northampton AC. (Read more about them here: http://mccarkissenduranceproject.co.uk/10k-training-week-2-session-1/)
With the sun shining more than 150 entrants took to the scenic country course, taking in parts of Barby, Kilsby and Hillmorton. Although scenic, it’s ‘proper hilly’ and this somewhat takes away from the scenery and makes it one of the most disgusting ten mile loops in the country.
First home Richard Simkiss (56.26) of the McCarkissElite project and second placed Chris McCarthy also of the high class elite performance project based in Warwickshire (56.45) broke clear of the field early on and eventually finished well ahead of team mate Phil Gould (58.56). By well ahead we actually mean 2:11, which isn’t that far really.
Winning the Rugby 10 at his first attempt, Simkiss, 29, said: “We had been running side by side, then it was the big long climb that separated us. McCarthy has had a really bad cold, potentially life threatening in fact, but he is a tough northern bastard and wasn’t going to put in a DNS. He would have probably beatme if he wasn’t near deaths door but I was fortunate to win on a hill. He also ate his own body weight in Curry last night washed down with a bottle of Campo Viejo so it’s fair to say his arse stank like a gutter rat so I was thankful to get away from him.“
“It’s a good, challenging course but not one for PBs. For a training run it’s fantastic. The fact they had booze as a prize worried me as when Chris saw this I struggled to get him to the start line. Still I picked up a cup that looks like it is a relic from the Stockton bone find, so sod it.“
Winner of the ladies’ race and fifth overall was Sue Harrison of Leamington C&AC in 1-00.24, having won bronze in the European 100km championships earlier in the year, what relevance this has we are not sure but we like to follow trend with all the local papers and comment on this.
Kenilworth took the men’s team prize as usual with Spa Striders winning the ladies.
Local athletes included Emily Waugh and Ben Townsend who both clocked 1-16.02 and EJ Haile 1-39.15 (Rugby & Northampton AC) and Sharon Fearn 1-16.20, Kate Lundy 1-21.47, John Butter 1-24.52 (Rugby Triathlon Club). Yes we haven’t heard of any of them either.
The race headquarters was at Barby Cricket Club, who provided excellent hospitality with refreshments and a barbecue. Feedback on the bogs has been slightly less favourable though with a lot of comment circulating on the social networks about the fact no toilet roll was available past 9:46. Two Kenilworth men were also seen defecating in a hedge and police are on the look out for a tall gentlemen wearing black and green shorts than can only be described as ‘criminally small’.
The start and finish of the race was at the Arnold Arms in the village and was preceded by a twenty minute lecture on the route including all OS Map reference points and possible safety risks.