Potter romps to age group success at Easter Sunday 5

Veteran Dave Potter led home the Leamington C&AC runners at the Massey Ferguson Runners’ Easter 5 mile road race at a cold, but sunny Coventry War Memorial Park.
Leamington C&AC's Dave PotterLeamington C&AC's Dave Potter
Leamington C&AC's Dave Potter

Potter, in the final throes of his preparation for the Fort William marathon, finished in 32min 6sec for 16th place overall and first in the V55 category.

Adrian Smith won a private battle with Leamington club-mate Tony Foster to come home 24th in in 33:29, with Foster, making a rare non-track appearance, just two seconds back.

Andrew Johnson (36:20) and wife June (41 :32) completed the Leamington contingent.

Kenilworth Runners’ Dave Pettifer, following two 20-mile road races in March, ran a sprightly 34:00 to finish 27th out of the 95 finishers.

Helen Neal finished 71st in 44:09.

The race was won by Gordon Lee of Leicester Coritanian AC in 26:18, with the first lady, Myshola Kirkham of Coventry Godiva Harriers, in 31:44.

Colin Bricher headed to Stanwick to take part in the Stanwick 10k on Easter Monday.

With temperatures low even for a winter race, Bricker did not treat this as a serious race effort, especially as he was still recovering from a recent illness and a bike accident.

Nevertheless he ran well to finish in 56:54 for fifth V60 finisher.

The race was won by Matthew Almond of Birchfield Harriers in 31:38.

Kenilworth Runners’ Sally Hicks travelled to Stratford last Friday for the Broad Meadows Trail Marathon.

Organised by Chris Seeney of Stratford AC, this event is limited to 50 runners and comprises two small loops close to the town, a long loop out past Welford and a final small loop around the racecourse.

The event was won by Robert Sharp of Didcot Runners (3:55) and Hicks ran excellently to finish third lady in 5:07.

There was a big new 5k PB for Kenilworth Runners’ Stephen Page when he came home first at Valentines Parkrun 112 in Redbridge, London.

Page bettered his old PB by 27 seconds to break 18 minutes for the first time with an excellent 17:40. He was over a minute clear of the next finisher.

While visiting family, Kenilworth Runners’ Pete Matthews and Marie Voice took part in Poole parkrun.

Brisk coastal winds hampered performances slightly but both were pleased with the outcome over the predominantly flat course.

Matthews finished 20th in 18:45 and Voice was fourth lady (66th overall) in 21:06.

Matt Dyer was the first of five Runners to complete Coventry parkrun 162.

Dyer ran well to finish ninth in a new personal best of 18:59, bettering his old course PB, set exactly a year earlier, by 12 seconds.

Spa Striders’ Andy Roach also recorded a PB at Coventry, with his 20:44 good for 42nd place.

Other Kenilworth Runners finishers: 11, Mick Williams (19:14); 47, Dave Pettifer (21:09); 200, Nicky Atherton (26:55); 307, Fred Rex (32:42).

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