THE SPA Striders Ryton 5 is an accurately measured five-mile course, mostly flat on unsealed paths in the wonderful setting of Ryton Pools near Leamington.
For members of Stratford Athletic club, an impressive 17 of who competed, there were twin reasons for taking part. The race was part of the club’s own Grand Prix competition and it was also part of the Warwickshire Road Race League.
First home for the club, averaging just under six minutes a mile, was Tim Hutchinson (26th – 29.54). He was five seconds quicker than last year and finished second in his age group.
Next to finish for the club was 19-year-old Sam Weaving (33rd – 30.35), who nearly did not run due to illness, followed by Malcolm Bowyer (75th – 33.36).
Just 25 seconds separated the next three club members. Lynne Hinson (141st – 37.20) followed her two recent half marathons at Stratford and Worcester with another impressive performance.
She was followed by Pete Sugden (144th – 37.20) who was just nine seconds ahead of Luke Watkins (150th – 37.45).
Annie Cox (181st – 39.35) continued her fine run of form in local races, whilst Dave Maundrell (203rd – 41.30) ran an impressive race in very warm conditions and was followed by Suzi Graham (213rd – 41.55) returning to form.
Ruth Calderbank (230th – 43.31) was once again first in her age group, followed by Jan McLure (244th – 45.05), just failing to break the 45-minute barrier.
Only 38 seconds separated three Stratford ladies, led home by Kate Sergent (254th – 46.19). Kate was second in her age group and just 11 seconds ahead of Bev Brigden (256th – 46.30). Tara Lambert (258th – 46.57) was next to finish.
Nic Reynolds (289th – 50.35) and Philip Abrams (290th – 51.02) were followed by Martyn Sergent (295th – 52.20) as 316 runners completed the race, won by David Mulvee in a time of 26.27. First lady to finish in 53rd place was Sarah Rose in 31.46.