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Sickness fails to knock Siggers in Alsager event

Leamington Editorial 4th Feb, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

KENILWORTH Runner Andrew Siggers shrugged off a week of illness to finish 26th in the Alsager 5-mile event in Cheshire – one of the fastest of its kind in the UK.

Siggers crossed the finishing line in a time of 26:20 which was just ten seconds shy of his personal best time.

His performance was made all the more impressive after recently recovering from illness and injury, but he managed to outpace many of the 896 finishers on Sunday.

The race was won by Leuen Thomas of Cardiff AC in a fantastic time of 24:03 and in the lady’s race Great Britain international Helen Clitheroe of Preston Harriers won in a time of 27:14.

Elsewhere, Kyza Derby, still improving after his recent broken wrist, led a trio of Kenilworth Runners home in the Centurion Grand Prix 5 Mile race in north Solihull on Sunday.

Derby braved the cold and windy conditions to finish 18th overall in a time of 31:31, while Dave Pettifer was pleased with his first road race of 2015 after finishing 33rd overall and first in the V65 category in a time of 33:46.

Tom Dable completed the Kenilworth Runners trio to finish in 103rd position in a time of 42:20 despite still suffering from a chest infection.

Two Spa Striders were also in action at the event with Carolyn Wilkinson finishing strongly to finish as the third fastest lady overall in a time of 32:37 which place her 23rd overall and Chris Mckeown had a good race by finishing 20th place in a time of 32:20.

Kenilworth Runners’ Matt Griffiths joined over 11,000 other runners in the inaugural London Winter 10k run on Sunday in aid of Cancer Research UK.  The route was a crowd pleasing one along the Embankment in London, which took in the Tower of London, St Pauls cathedral and the London Eye amongst others.

Due to traffic problems, Griffiths missed his allotted start wave and instead went off in the seventh wave, meaning that he was constantly overtaking slower runners and he found it difficult to get into a rhythm.

Despite this and the near constant headwind, he came 244th out of a field of 11,467 finishers with a time of 42:49, which was his second fastest ever 10K.

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