THE SHIPSTON Home Nursing 10k – set in the beautiful 65-acre grounds of Walton Hall Hotel by kind permission of Sir Andrew Hamilton and Walton Hall – is an event designed for all abilities and nine of the 117 who completed the course were Stratford Athletic Club members.
First of these to finish was John Raby, who completed the race in 41:01, finishing in third place overall.
He was followed by Joe Lee in fifth place in 43:07 who was the first competitor to finish with a dog.
Next, in 11th place, was Ben Phyall (45:45), followed just 20 seconds later by Graham Hill (46:05) in 13th place.
Ryan Bakewell was 28th with a time of 51:39 and he was followed by the first of the Stratford women to finish, Maggie McLeod (53:18) in 35th. She was followed by her husband Stuart (58:24 – 57th).
The two remaining Stratford women were Kimberley Lee (1:02:49 – 69th) and Clare Eynon (1:04:48 – 74th).
The race was won by Dean Mawby in a time of 38:25 and first woman to finish was Rachel Wigwell with a time of 46:18.
ON EASTER Monday, Coventry’s Massey Ferguson Runners Club hosted its popular Massey Ferguson Tractor 10k on a fast, flat and traffic-free three-lap 10k course at the NAEC in Stoneleigh.
This is the first race in the Warwickshire Road Race League and for the seven members of Stratford Athletic Club who took part there was the added incentive of it being part of the club’s Grand Prix competition.
First of the SAC contingent to finish was Peter Sugden (45:01 – 114th) who was followed by Annie Cox, competing just six days before taking part in the London Marathon.
Her time of 47:56 for 162nd place was a couple of minutes quicker than when she last competed in this race in 2017. She was followed by Yvonne Caswell (49:19 – 186th) and Dave Maundrell (54:46 – 253rd).
Next was Ruth Calderbank, whose time of 55:45 meant she comfortably won her age category, almost three minutes ahead of her nearest rival.
Pippa Abrams (57:34 – 289th) was followed by John Butler (1:14:09 – 402nd). The race was won by Ben Taylor in a time of 32:59 and first woman to finish was Kelly Edwards in 37:32 as 428 runners completed the course.
With thanks to David Jones for reports.