Winner finishes five minutes clear of field
Arriving last without any time for a proper warm up did winner Toby Spencer no harm at all in Sunday’s Rugby 10 mile road race.
He produced an exceptionally blistering run to finish more than five minutes clear of the 200-strong field in what is easily a new course record of 50-53.
Defending his title the Coventry Godiva athlete knocked more than a minute and a half off last year’s winning time of 52-27.
In ideal conditions, the 26-year-old led from the start at Barby, opening up a two-minute gap by the two-mile mark.
Despite an excellent season Spencer hadn’t been expected to be quite so fast, predicting something more around the 51-30 mark.
“It does help having run the course before,” he explained. “Once you know where the hills are you know how to run it a bit quicker.”
Preparing for the Manchester Half Marathon next weekend, Spencer won the Cheltenham Half Marathon last weekend and set a new course record in winning the Stratford 6 in July.
In second place, the 2014 race winnerRugby School teacher Andrew Siggers was pleased to be running again after recovering from a series of injury problems right up until the end of August. A member of Kenilworth Runners, he clocked 56-23.
The host club Rugby & Northampton AC’s Stephen Marks was third in 56-40, pleased with his time being two minutes quicker than last year.
Rugby & Northampton took the Men’s team prize, with Marks joined by Dean Oldfield (8th in 1-01.16), Iain Botheroyd (12th in 1-02.17) and Jamie Sinclair (14th in 1-02.31) the counting quartet. Kenilworth Runners were second.
R&N runner Sally Baker won the ladies’ race in 1-08.47, finishing 47th overall.
Spa Striders topped the Ladies’ team competition ahead of Kenilworth runners.
The scenic ten-mile event based at Barby Cricket Club, also incorporates the Midland Masters Championship.
Other R&N runners included: Pete Thomas (37th in 1-06.52), Laurence Scott (51st in 1-09.16), James Wormall (71st in 1-11.42), Terry Egan (99th in 1-14.34), Angela Copton (101st in 1-14.49 and 1st W65), Ian Wright (121st in 1-17.20), Paul Baxter (185th in 1-36.20).
Rugby Triathlon Club’s Adrian Sarkies was 21st in 1-03.55 with Jane Hury 124th in 1-18.26.