THE GODIVA Harriers 5-Mile race is the ninth of 11 meetings in the Warwickshire Road Race League and on a traditional early wet summer’s evening nine stalwart Stratford Athletic Club members took on the challenge of the flattish (slightly undulating) course at Coventry Memorial Park, writes Natasha Watkins.
Out of a field of 250 runners, Tim Hutchinson led the pack home with an outstanding run of (29:07) as he finished in a highly impressive 11th place.
Graham Taylor continues to show impressive form over the summer with a solid time of (29:53) to finish in 20th place. Sam Weaving, the youngest of the Stratford athletes, continues to show the future is very bright by finishing in (31:26) to take 41st place.
Luke Watkins finished in 35:43 in 120th place and David Jones finished in a very solid (36:11) to secure 132nd place.
First Stratford woman home with another exceptional performance was Kate Sergent in a time of (44:21), taking 209th place. Michael Oliver put in another solid performance to finish in 44:42 in 213th place.
The ever-present John Butler put in another epic display to finish in 46:32 in 222nd place and continues to show he is one to watch out for!
Last but never least Natasha Watkins continues to take great strides forward and she finished in (48:48) to take 235th place.
The overall winner of the race was Toby Spencer of Coventry Godiva Harriers in a time of 25:48 and the first woman home in a time of 30:00 was Eleanor Fowler of Nuneaton Harriers AC.
THE GODIVA Classic track meeting was held over two days at the University of Warwick track and several Stratford athletes made the short journey to take part, writes Paul Hawkins.
On the Saturday there were mile races and two of the middle-distance group were racing and both were rewarded with personal bests.
Daisy Musk had a strong run in the U15 girls’ race, pacing it well as she worked through the field to finish fourth in a fast time of 6.11.01.
Twin brother Archie had a tough task as he was in the senior men’s race but he kept a good pace and finished ninth, just outside six minutes in 6.00.02.
On Sunday it was the turn of the sprinters and first up was U15 Dani Horton who has enjoyed a breakthrough season this summer.
In the senior women’s 100m A race Dani ran well to come fifth in a time of 12.98 into a headwind.
In the C race two of the club’s U13s both achieved personal bests even though there was a strong headwind for the race. Grace Fairweather was third in 14.49 and Maddie Clark was just behind in 14.60. Grace later ran a fast 200m in 30.93, just outside her best.
Also running in the 200m were sisters Jess and Imogen Sheppard. By this time the weather had worsened so the races had to be delayed and in heavy rain Jess (U17) came third in the senior women’s race in 27.61 and in the next race Imogen (U15) was fifth in 28.20.
FIVE Stratford AC juniors competed at the Leicestershire & Rutland County AA Combined Events meeting at Leicester Saffron Lane and Adam Farrow took bronze in the U13 boys’ pentathlon, writes Paul Bearman.
He performed consistently well across all five disciplines and gained four personal bests. The pentathlon consists of sprint hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put and 800m.
James Gionis took silver in the U17 men’s pentathlon with 2,273 points and club colleague Cavan Farrow won bronze with 2,225 points after several close results over the five disciplines.
Cavan’s older brother Callum was frustratingly forced to retire after aggravating an ankle injury in the 100m hurdles. Between them, James and Cavan achieved five personal bests, as well as their best total points scores in the pentathlon event.
The ever-improving Anna Gionis was eighth in the U15 girls’ pentathlon as she achieved three personal bests in the 75m hurdles, high jump and 800m events.