German theme as Leamington parkrun says Auf Wiedersehen to Gunter

Leamington parkun took on a slightly different theme last weekend, with long-serving race director and Spa Striders member Barbara Gunter attending her last event before leaving to start a new job in Bonn, Germany.

Outgoing Leamington parkrun race director Barbara Gunter with fellow Spa Strider Gary Perkins.
Outgoing Leamington parkrun race director Barbara Gunter with fellow Spa Strider Gary Perkins.

To wish her well, many parkrunners took to dressing in a German theme.

Some chose to dress in the colours of the German flag, while others came in full German dress.

The heavy rain in the preceding days made the course particularly muddy, adding to the challenge.

There was a good turnout from fellow Spa Striders, with both Paul Edwards and Gary Perkins reaching their landmark 50 parkruns on the day.

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Edwards was the first Strider home, coming seventh overall in a time of 19:41.

He was followed by Tom Gotts in 20:46.

Jo Kirby was the first Striders female home, finishing second lady in 20:55.

Nick Varney was 25th overall in 21:15.

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Five Kenilworth Runners tackled the wet conditions with Owen Webb first home in 19th position in a time of 20:59.

He was followed by Stephen Payne in 23:02, Michael Scandrett in 25:08 and Tom Dable, continuing his comeback from injury, in 29:31.

For the ladies, Marie Kiernan was 283rd in 36:12, pacing her daughter Ruby around the course.

The race was won by teenager Lewis Fagge in 18:21, with University of Warwick student Patrick Elder second in 18:23.

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Leamington C&AC’s Monica Williamson was the first female across the line in 20:27.

Fellow C&AC runners John Leathem (21:08) and Chris Pope (21:09) finished 20th and 21st, respectively.

There were 306 finishers and 40 personal bests set.

Other Spa Striders finishers: 56, Clare Hinton (23:13); 77, Carolyn Wilkinson (24:15); 81, Neil Butcher (24:23); 85, Anne Hurrell (24:32); 90, Dan Stannard (25:00); 130, John Wilson (26:10); 140, David Murray (26:35); 172, Gary Perkins (27:49); 174, Nadine Lee (28:01); 206, Barbara Gunter (29:42); 207, Tessa Lukehurst (29:43); 211, David Evans (29:59); 238, Robert Thompson (31:48); 250, Julian Rowe (32:40); 259,Richard Bicknell (33:22); 267, Sophie Lawson (33:59); 280, Ellen Powell (36:10); 281, Sarah Thompson (36:11).

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Six Kenilworth Runners completed the 203rd Coventry parkrun which again had an impressive entry, with 451 finishers.

Richard Whiting is starting to enjoy his running again and was first home in 27th position in a time of 20:44, followed by Dave Pettifer in 22:18, Mark Hall (23:24), Martin Belcher (23:43) and Lawrence Copeland (34:10).

For the ladies, Emily Deeley had a fine run coming home in 100th position in a new personal best time of 24:07, knocking over half a minute from her previous best in her second-ever parkrun.

The race was won by Worcester AC teenager Tom Stock in 17:39 with Staffordshire Moorlands’ Adam Brearley second in 18:15.

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Coventry Godiva’s Paris Allen was the first female across the line in 22:13.

Richard Zanetti was the sole Kenilworth Runner in the 183rd Brueton Park parkrun.

Zanetti came home in 43rd position in a time of 21:17.