total of 289 runners completed today's inaugural Kenilworth Runners Half Marathon, in what can only be described as exceptionally good weather given the forecast; with glorious sunshine - which by mid afternoon had deteriorated to strong winds and torrential rain. The event was very well organised - with special thanks to Roger Wilkes for taking the lion's share of responsibility for organising the event and co-ordinating marshalls, refreshments, commentary, time-keepers, water stations and officials.
We would like to make special thanks to the Kenilworth Scouts and Girl Guides for 'manning' the water stations - even though the eventual winner Alan Jackson went without a drink all the way round, and a big thanks to Coventry Building Society, who very kindly sponsored the event and provided manpower for the big day. Also a special thank you to Castle Farm Recreation Centre and St. John Ambulance for making the event possible.
Many thanks also to the other contributors to the day, especially the Seetar Restaurant - who provided an excellent post-race buffet . And to the other sponsors who provided prizes and spot prizes - your contributions were greatly received - thank you!
Senior Men - Alan Jackson (Stourport AC) was the overall winner in 72:50, followed by Gary Payne (George Elliot Striders) 74:07and Andy Geen 74:51. (Interesting to note all Vets by the way!)
Senior Ladies - Affa Williams 95:00; Emma Litterick 95:02 and Jane Franks 96:01 (1st and 3rd were Vets)
Vets Men 40 - 49 Simon Sheard (Massey Ferguson) 78:04
Vets Men 50 - 59 Paul Kelly (Northbrook AC) 77:03
Vets Men 60 - Graham Patton (Massey Ferguson) 83:40
Vets Ladies 35 - Joanne Everatt (Kenilworth Runners) 97:02
Vets Ladies 45 - Heather Fidament Harris (Rugby & District AC) 97:38
Vet Ladies 55 - Sheila Taylor (Rugby & District AC) 120:04
First Kenilworth Runner was Martin Dorrill in 78:25 - not bad 5:59 miling!!
Oldest finisher was Ken Parry (Birchfield Harriers) 122:55 Vets Men 60.
Congratulations to Sam Kincaid, Wayne Oakes & Mike Johnson, who pushed Judy Woolfenden round in a wheelchair in 1hr 32mins - a personal best for Judy, who last year completed the Windsor Half Marathon in 1hr 53mins, pushed round by Roland Smythe, Stan Alexander & John Jones of Kenilworth Runners.
And a special congratulations to the 2 walkers Alison Hipkin & Catherine Fearon who completed the course in 3hrs 07mins.
See you next year, if not at the Hilly Challenge in May, then for the 2nd Kenilworth Runners Half Marathon