2010 Race Report

Kenilworth Runners were once again blessed with ideal running weather for the 10th running of the Kenilworth Half Marathon.

Having been ranked within Runners World top 50 races of 2009, the event reached its 700 runner limit with a week to go, and saw a large number of these take to the start line.

Halesowen’s Mark Hadley and Kenilworth’s Richard Simkiss managed to pull away from past winner Garry Payne around the 8-9mi point. Sadly the Kenilworth runner was unable to sustain the pace set by Mark as he went on to take the victory in a time of 01:13:38. Richard ran a PB time to take second place and also the county title in a time of 01:14:08 with Garry Payne completing the top three in a time of 01:15:47.

2 01:14:08 Richard Simkiss SM Kenilworth Runners 470
3 01:15:47 Garry Payne MV45 George Eliot Striders 228


Sue Harrison fresh from her 50km British record ran a strong race to set a new women’s course record, winning in a time of 01:17:37. Coventry Godiva’s runner and last year’s winner, Myshola Kirkham, took second in a time of 01:23:23. Nuneaton’s Eleanor Greenfield completes the top three finishing the 13.1mile route in a time of 01:24:05.

7 01:17:37 Sue Harrison FV35 Leamington C&AC 765
17 01:23:23 Myshola Kirkham SF Coventry Godiva 244
20 01:24:05 Eleanor Greenfield SF Nuneaton Harriers 226


Following a stewards enquiry, Knowle & Dorridge were awarded the men’s team prize, with Spa Striders taking the ladies title.

Male Team:

14 01:22:00 JONATHAN JENNINGS MV35 Knowle & Dorridge RC 787
33 01:26:28 Paul Baker SM Knowle & Dorridge RC 431
48 01:28:02 Andrew Connors MV45 Knowle & Dorridge RC 378

Points: 95

Female Team:

61 01:29:34 Carolyn Wilkinson FV35 Spa Striders 164
79 01:31:27 melissa venables FV35 spa striders 204
134 01:36:46 Bethan Gwynn SF Spa Striders 150

Points: 274

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Matthew Harris

It is with deepest regret that we have to announce that Matthew Harris, aged 23, from Cubbington, Leamington Spa, died yesterday, whilst competing in the Kenilworth Half Marathon.

Matthew was an ex-pupil of Leamington School and a committed Christian.

Matthew had been running the race to raise money for Proyecto Educandonos, an organisation working with disadvantaged teenagers in Buenos Aires.
If anyone would like to send a donation in support of Matthew's charity, this can be done via Kenilworth Runners c/o The Treasurer, 13 Ashfield Road, Kenilworth, CV8 2BE
Please make cheques payable to Kenilworth Runners.

Everyone at Kenilworth Runners and the Kenilworth Half Marathon would like to send their condolences to Matthew's family and friends.

We would be grateful if the family's privacy could be respected at this difficult time.

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