King Kenny reigns at the Regency for a fourth time
Whitnash athlete Ryan Kenny racked up his fourth win in near-ideal conditions for the Regency 10k last Sunday.
Close to 2,000 athletes tackled the course, which took in a lap of Newbold Comyn before heading into the closed streets of the town.
Running just a day after representing Coventry Godiva in the ERRA National Men’s 12 Stage Road Relays, Kenny led from the gun to finish in 31min 50sec.
The 23-year-old has recently returned to top-flight athletics after a six-month break following the birth of his first child and was delighted to notch up his first victory of the year on home territory.
“I only live about two miles from here so it is perfect for me,” said Kenny. “It is a really nice course and every year it is a great event.
“My time was slower than last year but I have had a bit of time off after starting a family and just the day before I took part in the National 12 Stage Road Relay, so I am quite pleased.”
Second-placed athlete Ashley Miles was more than two minutes back, with Andrew Savery (34:18) third.
Nuneaton Harriers’ Eleanor Fowler was the first lady home in 37:36, while the team category was won by National Grid.
Spa Striders were out in force, both running and marshalling, and they were led home by Rich Shephard in 35:36 (9th).
He was followed by Rich Merrill (36:11, 14th), Mark Urbanowski (36:49, 23rd), Will Johnson (37:12, 30th), Trevor Wilkinson (37:16, 31st) and Felix Langley (39:24, 75th).
Jennie Spillane (41:28), Dawn Clark (41:48), Bethan Gwynn (43:03), James Glover (44:45), David Murray (52:02) and Jenny Owen (52:29) completed the Striders contingent.
Also taking part were 20 members of the Regency 10k Training Group set up by the club for the race. First home was Ian Taylor in 43:33.
Training group finishers: Paul Quinney (46:21); Ruth Tennant (47:29); Julie Heaton (49:48); Tom Armstrong (50:33); Zara Day (51:25); Gary Perkins (54:20); Elaine Newman (55:52); Emma Caplin (56:27); Kevin Pantling (56:44); Ian Oliver (61:16); Nicola Wright (61:38); Chris Garden (63:04) Ciara Brown (63:04); Ruth French (63:53); Ella Roberts (70:46); Janette Roberts (70:46) Shona Gwynne (79:50), Julie Morby (79:51); Richard Cox (79:52).
Stuart Hopkins ran a fine race to be the first Kenilworth Runner home, finishing fifth overall in 34min 41sec.
He was followed by Phil McCorquodale, who clocked a new PB of 35:30 to finish eighth.
Phil Fusi made a rare road excursion over 5k and performed admirably to finish 17th in 36:22.
Clive Pearce was 51st in 38:14, an improvement of two minutes on his 2011 time, while James Griffiths was the other Kenilworth Runner to break 40 minutes, clocking 39:01.
Sarah Habib (45:21) was the first Kenilworth Runner lady to finish and was followed home by Ros Matthews (45:59) and Denise Cheetham (50:56).
Results (gun position and chip time): 5, Stuart Hopkins (34:41); 8, Phil McCorquodale (35:30); 17, Phil Fusi (36:22); 52, Clive Pearce (38:14); 68, James Griffiths (39:01); 127, Jon Mettyear (41:10); 129, Matthew Keal (41:08); 155, Dave Ramus (41:58); 158, Robert Crow (42:24); 166, Nick Benbow (42:35); 251, Richard Zanetti (44:12); 274, Neil Smith (44:50); 302, Sarah Habib (45:21); 306, John McKenna (45:42); 332, Martin Smith (45:19); 334, Ros Matthews (45:59); 480, Simon Mottershead (47:25); 490, Michael Crust (47:59); 558, Stephen Payne (48:32); 692, Robert Cheetham (50:56); 693, Denise Cheetham (50:56); 749, Stuart Batchelor (51:16); 766, Elizabeth Keell (51:37); 790, Chris Hart (52:48); 816, Marie Taylor (52:59); 898, Helen Marsay (53:38); 919, Helen Neal (53:27); 972, Laura Gould (53:40); 981, Sarah O’Toole (53:46); 1,059, Adair Swan (53:38); 1,138 Andrew Cheetham (53:53); 1,154 Mandy Crust (56:49); 1,157 Caroline Pack (54:29); 1,161 Sonia Birch (55:06); 1,168 Paul Bucham (55:44); 1,192 Mark Cheetham (54:41); 1,394 Liz Hegan (57:27); 1,636 Samantha Moffatt (1:01:14); 1,653 Mike Shally (1:01:52); 1,904 Nick Hegan (1:10:24).
Kenilworth Runners duo Andrew Holbrook and Sean Mitchell joined 13,000 runners in a rainy Milan to take part in the 12th Milan Marathon.
Holbrook came home in 3:00:20, just missing out on his 2011 PB, while Mitchell, who had suffered some injury problems in the build-up to the race, enjoyed the wet conditions to record a new best time of 3:13:06.
Three members of Kenilworth Runners headed to the south coast to take part in the third Brighton Marathon.
Stephen Chalkley, running for the charity Action for Children, ran a superb race to clock 3:39:05 - ten minutes faster than he ran in Chester in October.
Behind Stephen, Rebecca Smith also ran fantastically to finish in 3:49:37, the fastest time by a Kenilworth lady since Ros Matthews ran 3:41:54 in 2009.
Phil Thomas was the other Kenilworth Runner to finish, coming home in 4:50:05.
Four Striders also headed down to Sussex, with Hartwig Busch first home in 3:28:18.
Caroline Whitehouse knocked a massive 17 minutes off her personal best, running a negative split to finish in 3:32:38, with Jo Lloyd (3:39:26) and Andy Roach (4:10:48) completing the quartet.
Three members of Kenilworth Runners took part in the 15th A Coventry Way Challenge, a 40-mile timed run around the Coventry Way.
Chris Maher donned the green vest for the first time and completed the course in an impressive 6hr 48min to finish fourth on the day and just 29 minutes behind winner Matt Morgan.
Sally Hicks competed for the second year running and finished in 7hr 54min, knocking 42 minutes off her 2011 time, while Andreas Ruhnke’s 8hr 54min was a best by 24 minutes.
Tom and Pauline Dable headed to Eastnor Castle Deer Park to take part in a seven-mile cross country race, coming home in 59:59 and 75:10, respectively.
n Entries are being accepted on the day for tomorrow’s Moreton Morrell Mad Dash, 10k and 20k.
Setting off from Warwickshire College’s Moreton Morrell Centre, the race starts at 11am and is preceded by two Kids Fun Runs over 500m and 1,000m
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