Curtis finds top gear to clock a new personal best at Silverstone

Marc Curtis was the first of eight Kenilworth Runners to finish the Silverstone 10k, the first race in the 2016 East Midlands Grand Prix Series.

Thursday, 12th May 2016, 12:22 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th May 2016, 1:31 pm
Natalie Bhangal on her way to fifth place at the Compton Verney Half Marathon. Picture:

Curtis finished in 37th position and seventh MV45 in a new personal best of 37:02.

Neil Sheward was next home for Kenilworth in 64th and fourth MV50 in (38:37).

Ian Baynes clocked a new PB of 41:12 for 158th, with fellow Runners Tom Williams (45:48) and Tom Dable (51:42) 369th and 689th, respectively.

For the ladies, Louise Andrews ran an excellent race to finish first LV40 in a PB of 41:49, while Angela Dowden was 12th WV50 in 53:42 and Pauline Dable third LV65 in 54:49.

The Dables were given race numbers one and two in recognition of having made the most appearances in the East Midlands Grand Prix Series.

Spa Striders duo Chris McKeown (37:31) and Andrew Graham (41:08) made their return to short-course racing at Silverstone after their recent marathon exploits, while Jamie Langley was a fine 16th for Leamington C&AC in 35:14.

Teenage clubmate Kieran Chahal clocked a superb 36:20 for 26th, with Ben Tawney (39:39) dipping under the 40-minute mark.

Coventry Godiva Harriers’ Toby Spencer was first home in 31:24.

Selected other Leamington C&AC finishers (chip times and gun finishing positons): 122, Ben Phillips (40:04); 118, Steve Hundal (40:05); 128, Paul Caruana (40:22); 137, Graham Garlick (40:37); 145, Chris Hitchman (40:48); 170, Steve Webb (41:26); 205, Andrew Higgins (42:17); 258, Jenny Jeeves (43:32); 275, Greg West (44:02); 315, Susie Tawney (44:45); 336, Simon West (45:15); 488, Carol Blower (48:04); 555, Alex Montgomery (49:12); 563, Rupe Chahal (49:05); 631, Helen West (50:26).

Louise Andrews continued her prolific race form on Sunday, finishing third lady in the Bosworth Half Marathon in Leicestershire in a time of 1:35:50.

Kenilworth clubmate Neil Sheward was 41st in 1:33:10.

The race was won by Stuart Spencer of Barrow Runners in 71:13.

There was a female winner of the Compton Verney Half Marathon on Sunday, with Kelsey Bragg overcoming the hills and heat - which saw ice lollies handed out on course - to clock 86:11.

Leamington C&AC’s Natalie Bhangal was second lady and fifth overall in 92:56, with clubmate Paul Okey seventh in 94:05.

Selected others: Kenilworth Runners’ 95, Ellen Powell (2:45:52) 96, Amanda Males (2:45:53).

Kenilworth Runners’ Sheela Hobden finished 14th lady in the Keswick to Barrow Ultra, a 42.7m off-road event.

Aiming to break nine hours, Hobden was very pleased with her time of 8:16.

Spa Striders’ Kate Gadsby and Bethan Gwynn competed at the Warwickshire County AA open graded meet, finishing the 3,000m in 11:51 and 12:04, respectively.