Walsh wishes it could be Warwick every day

James Walsh made it back to back wins in Warwick’s annual Christmas morning race.

The Leeds City AC runner recorded a time of 19min 49sec for the four-lap circuit around St Nicholas Park which had to be revised due to flooding.

Harbury runner Simon Wurr (Thames Hare & Hounds AC) was second in 20:21, with Leamington C&AC junior Charlie Davies third in 21:09.

Myshola Kirkham (Coventry Godiva) was the leading lady in 23:46, with Leamington C&AC’s Monica Williamson 13 seconds back in second.

Richard Steel was the first Kenilworth Runner home in 23:26.


Selected others (Kenilworth Runners unless stated): Jimmy Atkins (Warwick Wasps, 25.05); Clive Lange (Warwick Wasps, 26:47); Nick Bramley (27:31); Sara Habib (28:00); Martin Broomfield (29:10); Tom Dable (30:19); Pauline Dable (33:16); Paul Buchan (35:11).

Kenilworth Runners’ Paddy Roddy was third at Coventry’s Christmas morning parkrun in 17:44.

Mick Williams (19:55) was seventh, with Jack Blakemore (21:07) and Glyn Clarke (22:04) completing the Kenilworth contingent.

Leamington C&AC’s Elaine Sherwin claimed a comfortable victory at Leamington parkrun 89, defying a waterlogged course to clock 18:04.


Lewis Fagge was second in 20:10, with Jordan King taking a break from his motor racing exploits to finish third in 20:24.

Monica Williamson completed a strong showing from the ladies by coming home fifth in 20:34.

Selected others (Kenilworth Runners unless stated): 38, Stephen Payne (23:21); 41, Sara Habib (23.39); 58, Tom Dable (25:32); 84, Pauline Dable (28.10).

Mick Williams was Kenilworth Runners’ lone representative at Coventry parkrun 150, with his 19:43 good for eighth place.


Tom and Pauline Dable battled a chill wind and undulating course at the Pilot Inn Four Mile road race at Hardwicke in Gloucester, finishing in 32:38 and 35:44, respectively.

Conditions were near perfect for race three in the Threshold 10k series at Ilmington in Warwickshire.

From the gun, Kenilworth Runners’ Paul Andrew took the initiative, dictating the pace up the infamous Larkstoke Hill, which climbs for over a mile-and-a-half and includes gradients of 14 per cent.

Despite being pushed for most of the way, Andrew recorded his second victory in the series in a time of 36:31.


Tom Dable was pleased with his run of 53:46, which was three minutes faster than his time for race one, while wife Pauline was the first over-65 finisher in 59:19.

Godiva New Year 5 mile (Kenilworth Runners unless stated): 1, Kevin Seward (Cardiff AC) 25:02; 12, Stuart Hopkins (27:29); Paddy Roddy (29:25); Richard Steel (31:25); Dave Pettifer (33:53, 1st over-60); Neil Smith (35:11); Glyn Clarke (35:27); Gary Morgan (35:40).