ROAD RACE: The Rugby 10

The start of the ten mile race on Sunday

The start of the ten mile race on Sunday

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It’s a 1-2-3 for Kenilworth Runners

The green shirts of Kenilworth Runners took the top three spots in the Rugby 10 mile road race on Sunday, organised by Rugby & Northampton AC.

With the sun shining more than 150 entrants took to the scenic country course, taking in parts of Barby, Kilsby and Hillmorton.

First home Richard Simkiss (56.26) and second placed Chris McCarthy (56.45) broke clear of the field early on and eventually finished well ahead of team mate Phil Gould (58.56).

Winning the Rugby 10 at his first attempt, Simkiss, 29, said: “We had been running side by side, then it was the big long climb that separated us.

“It’s a good, challenging course but not one for PBs. For a training run it’s fantastic.”

Winner of the ladies’ race and fifth overall was Sue Harrison of Leamington C&AC in 1-00.24, having won bronze in the European 100km championships earlier in the year.

Kenilworth took the men’s team prize with Spa Striders winning the ladies.

Local athletes included Emily Waugh and Ben Townsend who both clocked 1-16.02 and EJ Haile 1-39.15 (Rugby & Northampton AC) and Sharon Fearn 1-16.20, Kate Lundy 1-21.47, John Butter 1-24.52 (Rugby Triathlon Club).

The race headquarters was at Barby Cricket Club, who provided excellent hospitality with refreshments and a barbecue.

The start and finish of the race was at the Arnold Arms in the village.