Gould comes up short in more ways than one

An 11am start on a pleasant summer’s day meant conditions were warm and got progessively hotter for runners tackling the Summer Sun School’s Out races at Warwickshire College’s Moreton Hall campus.

The course utilised undulating country lanes through Moreton Morrell and Ashorne, with Kenilworth Runners’ Rich Simkiss winning the 10k race in a speedy 34min 40sec.

He was followed in second position by Phil Gould, who had initially planned to run the 20k - two circuits of the course - but opted to run the shorter distance after suffering a hip injury.

However, having registered for the 20k race - and started 150m behind the 10k runners, Gould’s position went unrecorded.

Third finisher for Kenilworth Runners in the 10k race was Dave Ramus, who finished a fine ninth despite suffering in the heat. Mairead Murphy was the first of Kenilworth Runners’ females to finish the 10k race, running an excellent 49:40 to finish fifth lady.

In the 20k race, Nardia Poole had a superb run to come home fifth overall in 1:24:09. Simon Mottershead (1:43:49) and Stephen Chalkley (1:46:48) completed the Kenilworth contingent.

School’s Out 10k (Kenilworth Runners unless stated): 1, Rich Simkiss (34:40); 2, Carson Tweedie (Cobr RC) 38:56; 3, Gavin Davies (Centurion) 39:18; 9, Dave Ramus (44:03); 22, Neil Smith (46:46); 33, Mairead Murphy (49:40); 94, Laurence Copeland (56:50); 110, Mandy Crust (1:00:02). Not placed: Phil Gould (36:47).

Spa Striders took a ten-strong team to Hook Norton, near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, to take part in the Hooky 6.

The six-mile race takes place on an undulating two-lap course and always seems to be run in hot and sunny conditions.

Richie Merrell came home in 36:23 for 16th place and was followed by Mark Urbanowski (37:55) in 21st.

Carolyn Wilkinson (39:04) led home Striders’ winning ladies team, confirming her return to form with 28th place, second lady and first F35.

Jo Kirby 40:53 marked her return from injury with a second senior lady finish, with Hartwig Busch (41:20), Justin Mallard (41:37), Daniel Stannard (42:09), Melissa Venables (42:35, 2nd F35), Nadine Lee (43:12) and Caroline Whitehouse (45:21) completing the Spa contingent.

Richard Steel was the first Kenilworth Runner home, finishing 36th in 40:17. He was followed by Tom Dable, who finished 124th in 47:52, and Pauline Dable, who was 176th and third V55 in 54:46.

There was a one-two for Kenilworth Runners at the Coventry parkrun last Saturday with Stuart Hopkins coming home first in a fine 16:53, followed by Matthew Kingston-Lee, who knocked five seconds off his previous PB with 17:20. Pete Bryan was fourth in 18:00, while Phil Fusi (18:45) also finished inside the top ten in ninth position.

Of the other Kenilworth Runners who took part, there was a course PB for Richard Hales (20:43), who sliced 17 seconds from his previous best.

Selected others: 16, Mick Williams (19:12); 18, Clive Pearce (19:22); 45, Mark Hall (21:07); 64, Barry Elkington (22:05); 86, Sigurd Assing (23:12); 89, Gary Dilnot (23:15).

Spa Striders’ Mark Urbanowski claimed victory at the 69th Leamington parkrun, with his time of 18:22 putting him ten seconds clear of Woodstock Runners’ Martin Amy.

Leamington C&AC’s Monica Williamson led home the ladies in 20:17 for 13th overall.

Leamington parkrun (selected others, Spa Striders unless stated): 6, Alex Atkinson (Kenilworth Runners, 19:23); 27, Paul Quinney (21:55); 30, Glyn Clarke (Kenilworth Runners, 22:13); 44, Sue Cox (23:24); 47, Ian Shreeve (23:46); 64, Ruth Tennant (24:30); 79, Barbara Gunter (26:04); 88, Frank Walsh (Kenilworth Runners, 27:00, PB); 89, Pauline Dable (Kenilworth Runners, 27:02, PB).

Arrow Valley parkrun, Redditch: 19, Colin Underhill (Kenilworth Runners, 22:08, PB).