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Two Castles Run, Sunday 10th June 2018 (corrected) Print

The grounds of Warwick Castle were busy between eight and nine o'clock this Sunday morning, but not with the usual tourists, but nearly 4000 runners awaiting the start of the 2018 10km race between Warwick and Kenilworth Castles. For me the highlights of this race are the start and finish points, Warwick castle in all its historic splendour, warmly welcomes the athletes at the start, and Kenilworth castle where spectators always seem to turn out in large numbers and enthusiastically cheer the runners over the final 200m or so. This is the fourth event in the Warwickshire Road race league for 2018, and to support this the organisers helpfully filter club runners to the front of the field at the line up for the start, ensuring the best possible potential of a good time. Whilst the majority of the club runners were from local clubs, some travelled much further the first lady representing Oxford City, and the first man appears still to be registered with Barrow in Furness in Cumbria.
Great conditions for a run, dry but not too warm, well organised and marshalled as ever by the team. As it is a point to point event, coaches are provided to transport the runners back to Warwick afterwards
Yes it is one of the larger events in the Midlands, and I suppose will always attract large crowds, and therefore it can be challenging to get a place, but I would recommend everyone to try this event at least once.

(Note, position is based on gun time whilst time reported below is chip time)

 Pos Name Chip Time 
 Andrew Wadsworth 
 Andrew  Manning  
 Robert  Mills 00:45.48 
 Andrew Hussey 
 1403 Jenny Price 
 Leanne Neal 

Full results can be found  here, there were 3881 who finished the race.
Sphinx AC 5 Mile, Memorial Park, Coventry, Wednesday 13th June 2018 Print

A very well attended race in the WRRL at memorial park. Sphinx always host a good race which included a medal and cake for all finishers.As usual there were masses of Warwickshire based clubs like Leamington, Kenilworth and Spa Striders. For our part, 5 Sparkhill Harriers were present - Andy Wadsworth, Andy Manning, Barry Crowley, Barry O'Neill and Emma Donnelly (rumours of Emma's defection to Stratford proving unfounded). Conditions were near perfect with a light breeze taking a bit of heat out.

Well done to Andy W who came away with a PB over 5 miles so congratulations - his current training form demanding no less.

 98 Andy Wadsworth    33.25
 134 Barry O'Neill
 179 Andy Manning
 248 Emma Donnelly
 Barry Crowley

455 runners completed the race.

Full results can be found here .

As always, many thanks to Sphinx AC, all the officials, marshal and helpers, for a great race.


Ryton Pools 5, Ryton Pools Country Park, Coventry, Thursday 24th May 2018. Print

Nice warm evening for this 5 mile, 3 lap, mid -week journey around Ryton Pools Country Park. The scenery was splendid, the course mostly flat and the marshals plentiful and encouraging. Being a WRRL event nearly everyone there was in a club vest with masses of Leamington, Kenilworth, Spa Striders, Sphinx, K&D and Massey Fergusson etc. More moderate numbers represented Sparkhill with Andy Manning, Andy Wadsworth, Barry O'Neill and Andy Hussey making the trip. The general feeling was that it was well worth it and we would recommend this for next year. Many thanks to Spa Striders hosting an excellent event.

 105 Andrew Hussey 
 Andy Wadsworth 
 144 Barry O'Neill
 151 Andy Manning

339 runners completed the race.

Full results are currently available here .
Milton Keynes Marathon, Monday 7th May 2018 Print
Clare Bovil writes >
Although Milton Keynes might not spring to mind as the venue for the most inspiring of long distance events, however I was pleasantly surprised by the scenic course.  With the exception of the first 4 miles which were on-road, the remainder of the course was on cycle ways and traffic-free country lanes.  Given the temperature of 26oC I was pleased with my 3:53:04, 31st woman overall and 6th in my age group.   It was certainly a unique medal.

Sunderland Half Marathon, Sunday 13th May 2018 Print

Vicki Bone writes >

Jenny and I both applied for the Great North Run but weren't lucky enough to get in. Determined to do a North East half marathon I came across the Sunderland half marathon and persuaded Jenny to give it a go too. It was the 8th year of the event and only just over 1000 entrants took part though there was a 10k event too which seemed more popular. The run marketed itself as flat but the reviews seemed to paint a different picture and actually described it as undulating so we weren't sure what to expect.

The event was very well-organised and the weather conditions were perfect for us. Although not as hilly as some of the half marathons we've done it was not flat and involved traversing the city centre shopping street about four times. The twelfth mile seemed particularly hard going and had an uphill finish to finish us off completely! Jenny did really well and took an impressive chunk off her PB (those Sunday morning training runs with Manisha certainly paid off) and achieved a very good and well-deserved time of 2.01.  I managed to knock a minute off my PB to get 1.34.33 and was very pleased to finish as 10th female finisher as Paula Radcliffe gave it a miss this year which helped us mere mortals.

Jenny seems to have the half marathon bug now and is already planning her next one. I think Sunderland was a good course and would recommend it but don't believe them when they say it's a flat course (it isn't)!


 Vicki Bone 
  775 Jenny Price 


Full results can be found here .

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