Shepherd produces a cracking display at Moreton Morrell

There was 10k success for Spa Striders’ Richard Shepherd at the Moreton Morrell Christmas Cracker, held in aid of the Kids Run Free charity.

Richard Shepherd, partially obscured, keeps tabs on eventual runner-up Daniel Villette (229). 
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Richard Shepherd, partially obscured, keeps tabs on eventual runner-up Daniel Villette (229). MHLC-14-12-13 Christmas Cracker Dec53

On a pleasant but chilly morning, runners ran though the grounds of the agricultural college before winding through Moreton Morrell, Ashorne and Newbold Pacey troubled only slightly by a hill in the last kilometre.

Shepherd was always prominent, overtaking Daniel Villette in the final kilometre to finish 18 seconds clear of the 16-year-old in 35:27.

Leamington C&AC’s Tristan Warren (under-17) was eighth, missing out on a sub-40-minute time by ten seconds.

At the other end of the age scale was 57-year-old club-mate Alex Montgomery who was 15th in 42:28.

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This was Montgomery’s 41st race of the year after spending most of 2012 out injured.

New Leamington member Chris Wyburn-Powell (under-17), making his debut for the club, was 29th in 45:31.

Imogen Peace ran a superb race to claim the title of the first lady home (10th overall) in a new PB of 41:15, the fastest time by a Kenilworth lady over the distance in 2013.

Jennie Spillane was first Spa Striders lady and second lady overall in 42:04, with clubmates Richard Sykes and Laura Bowkett finishing in 46:35 and 54:16, respectively.

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In the 20k event, Spa Striders’ Paul Edwards was third overall in 1:22:05.

Leamington marathon man Dave Potter was pleased with his sixth place and 1:22:56, especially as the wind picked up for the second lap.

Ben Parkinson who finished 24th in 1:33:52, Rob Nash (27th in 1:35:15) and Stephen Hynes (70th in 1:51:19)completed the Striders contingent.

The race was won by Ben Terry in 1:16:19.

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 Richard Steel was the sole Kenilworth Runner taking part in the Hook Norton Christmas Canter, completing the course of approximately seven miles in 48:43 for 14th position.