Wicks leads the field at Alcester


STRATFORD Athletics Club collected three age group wins as 16 club members joined 600 starters at Sunday’s Alcester 10K.

Now in its third year, the race has an undulating but scenic, fast and traffic-free course, and the fine autumn weather and carnival atmosphere, complete with town criers, in the town centre made it an enjoyable event, writes Phil Brennan.

Neil Wicks was first home for Stratford in fourth overall, clocking 37 minutes 16 seconds –  close to a season’s best. He was also awarded first in the M35 category.

Paul Jefferies was desperately unlucky not to break 40 minutes, being timed at 40:00 for 11th, and relative newcomer Alex Hill, (27th, 41m 25s) was a well-placed sixth in the competitive senior category.

The first Stratford woman home was Lynn Hinson, 77th and 2nd F45, 45m 52s, followed by Hannah Osborn (96th, 46m 43s). Phil Brennan (110th, 48m 03s), took first in the M65, nine years and 51 weeks after first entering the category and Ruth Calderbank (210th, 55m 19s) was first in the F65 class.

Other results: Suzi Graham (146th, 50m 19s); Dave Maundrell (172th, 51m 17s), Chris Whateley (179th, 51m 34s); Jan McLure (258th, 55m 49s); Jean Hill (345th, 59m 57s); Nic Reynolds (348th, 60m 10s); Andy Turner (362th, 60m 45s); John Butler (531st, 1h 13m 36s); Sheryl Buckland (532nd, 1h 13m 37s).

Pick up a copy of Thursday’s Herald for more Stratford Athletics Club news, including Kate Sergent’s debut run for England and Jack Sumners’ success at the2017 Coventry and Warwickshire Sports Awards.