Leamington C&AC’s Natalie Bhangal continued her London Marathon preparations with very first woman and a course best at a gusty Draycote Water 10k on Sunday.An ice-cold wind welcomed runners for the February edition of the race, with Bhangal running a strong rate throughout to clock 40min 24sec for and 20th place in general. Kenilworth Runners’ Draycote contingent.Clubmate Jenny Jeeves ‘(42:39) was 2nd woman, first FV45 and 33rd total, while Sue Harrison, running her first race because a 50k occasion in China in October, was ninth woman in 45:01.
Kenilworth Runners’ Samantha Fowle was very first LV35 in a brand-new individual finest of 43:23, with clubmate Rachel Kerr 3rd senior lady in 46:05.
Louise Andrews and Dani Apagyi finished together in 49:13.
To the head of the field, Leamingotn C&AC’s Paul Andrew, fresh from the Birmingham League Cross Nation the day previously, was 4th in 37:06, while Marc Curtis who also ran in Wolverhampton, dipped just below 40 minutes in 39.51 for 20th place.
Spa Striders’ Kevin Baskerville (49:30) and Lorraine Parsons (55:14) completed the race, which was won by Ashley Hurdman in 34:25, as part of longer training runs.Seven Striders made the journey to Berkshire to handle the Bramley 20, likewise as part of their spring marathon accumulations.
The first Strider home was Paul Edwards (2:13:57) in 52nd, followed by Hartwig Busch (2:29:53), Dave Lithgow (3:04:39), Pete Schofield (3:04:37), Frances Parkes (3:11:01), Mike Cox (3:32:37) and Gary Perkins (3:35:37).
Kenilworth Runners’ Lee Harrison made an effective go back to racing after recuperating from a fractured pelvis with 3rd location at the Raceways Mad Dash 20k at Moreton Morrell College on Saturday.Harrison’s time of 1hr 18min 46sec provided him initially V40.Clubmate Louise Andrews was third girl and first LV55
in 1:33:16, with Mark Alldritt ninth total in 1:27:29 and Neil Sheward 25th in 1:33:18. The race was won by James Marshall in 1:14:08 and there were 70 finishers.In the 10k, Medspa Striders ‘Sunny Dhesi was 3rd in 38:04 and Darren Pettifer(Kenilworth Runners )23rd in 43:36. Kenilworth Runners ‘Gail Audhali was 3rd girl and very first LV55 in 46:31, with Dorota Woloszynska( 47:07)
fifth girl. The race was won by Ashley Hurdman of Hatton Darts RC in 34:25 and there were 175 finishers.Melissa Venables continued her ultra-distance dominance at the Beacon to Cardiff Ultra, a 70k one-way race beginning in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Venables finished initially lady in 6:26:42. Kenilworth Runners’Dave Pettifer was 180th and very first V65 in the inaugural Leicestershire Half Marathon at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough in a time of 1:41:14.