Siggers first home as local runners are out in force for London Marathon

Eight Kenilworth Runners dipped under three hours at the London Marathon, with Andrew Siggers taking pride of place.

Andrew Siggers takes a high-five from his daughter Sophie in the final stages of the London Marathon on Sunday. Below: Will Eadon
Andrew Siggers takes a high-five from his daughter Sophie in the final stages of the London Marathon on Sunday. Below: Will Eadon

Siggers ran 2hr 27min 41sec to come 33rd in the club, charity and ballot entries.

Siggers was followed by Rich Simkiss, who was 94th in a new personal best of 2:33:13, with Stuart Hopkins 322nd in 2:41:03.

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Neil Sheward finally made the sub-3hr club at the 14th time of asking, judging his pace to perfection to cross the line in 2:59:59.

There were PBs, too, for Neil Cressy (2:57:03), Marc Curtis (3:04:22), Tom Marshall (3:05:33), Courtney Thornberry (3:37:29), Marie-Carmen Herranz-Sanchez (4:07:34) and first-timers Alistair Kirkwood (4:12:23) and Louise Cross (4:37:41).

Spa Striders had their biggest London turnout with 20 runners taking part.

Carolyn Wilkinson was the first Strider back, finishing in 3:01:10 to place ninth V45 lady.

Only two weeks after completing the Marathon Des Sables, Mel Venables crossed the line in 3:32:50.

Susan Cox ran a personal best of 3:25:24 to come home 30th V50 lady.

Richard Harper was the first Leamington C&AC runner home in 2:40:08, with Angela Chahal their leading female in 3:24:09 (218th LV40)

Wheelchair racer Rob Smith finished just off the podium in the T51/52 category in 2:12:43.

Selected others (Kenilworth Runners unless stated): 674, Peter Hawkins (2:48:49); 1,353, Jim Richardson (2:56:52); 1,699, Daniel Mitchell (2:59:02); 1,933, Ben Rajan (Leamington C&AC, 3:00:36); 3,099, Stephen Child (3:11:17); 3,727, Robert Thompson (Spa Striders, 3:15:12); 3,932, Matthew Bull (Leamington C&AC, 3:16:56); 4,043, Matthew Kingston-Lee (3:17:44); 4,239, Mark Kelly (Spa Striders, 3:19:16); 4,331, Chris McCarthy (3:19:46); 5,275, Nathan Green (3:25:41); 5,303, Clare Hinton (Spa Striders, 3:25:50); 5,613, Susie Stannard (Spa Striders, 3:27:22); 6,171, Jennie Hawkins (Spa Striders, 3:29:42); 6,916 Louise Andrews (3:33:50); 7,250, Matt Griffiths (3:35:31), 7,684, Fiona Edwards (Spa Striders, 3:37:54); 8,907, Martin Belcher (3:43:06); 9,197, Jude Baum (Spa Striders, 3:44:07); 10,375, Emily Morris (3:48:33); 10,404, Stephen Chalkley (3:48:41); 12,386, Wendy Woodhouse (Leamington C&AC, 3:55:33); 12,488, Ruth Tennant (Spa Striders, 3:55:53); 13,144, Ed Simkiss (Spa Striders, 3:57:40); 13,233, Tom Williams (3:57:55); 14,721, Kate Evans (Spa Striders, 4:02:51); 16,338, Ros Brooks (4:09:39); 18,592, Anne Olexa (Spa Striders, 4:18:19); 19,147, Tom Summerell (Spa Striders, 4:20:24); 19,326, Roz Cox (Spa Striders, 4:21:06); 20,432, Bina Paul (Spa Striders, 4:25:16); 25,663, Sophie Cookson (4:45:52); 26,059, Nicola Dove (4:47:41); 29,383, Tanya Brittain (Spa Striders, 5:03:46); 29,357, Gary Perkins (Spa Striders, 5:03:38); 29,762, David Brown (5:06:18); 30,169, Ellen Powell (Spa Striders, 5:09:00); 36,050, Tessa Lukehurst (Spa Striders, 6:15:42); 36,051, Maggie Bowes (6:15:42).

Running for the West Midlands, four Leamington C&AC athletes competed in the Mini London Marathon, a three-mile road championships which boasts Mo Farah among its former winners.

The course covers the final three miles of the marathon course, finishing on the Mall.

Dan Wilkinson (16:12), Kieran Chahal (17:02) and Alex Ibbs (18:04) competed in the under-15 category, with Will Eadon (18:22) running at under-13 level.