Nearly 400 runners endured – some say enjoyed – the warmest day of the year, with temperatures reaching 27 degrees, when they lined up in Browns Lane, Coventry for the start of the Northbrook 10k.
It was the second race in the Warwickshire Road Race League. Nigel Stirk, of Tipton Harriers, led throughout to win in 33min 16sec, an excellent time in demanding conditions.
Vincent O’Sullivan, of Warwick University, was second in 33min 53sec followed by Gary Payne of George Eliot Striders in 34min14sec.
The ladies competition was won by Myshola Kirkham, of Coventry Godiva Harriers, in 38-36 from Lynne Cox, of Tipton Harriers, in 39-20 and Rebecca Smith, from the host club Northbrook AC, in 40-30.
Nineteen members of Centurion RC braved the conditions and, although they were unable to trouble the front runners, their joint effort ensured that they maintained their challenge in the league team competition.
First home for Centurions in 11th place overall was Richard White in 33min 57sec followed by Ian Satterthwaite 17th (37-16) and leading junior Lee Taylor 38th (39-42).
They were supported by Tom Healy 41st (40-06), Tony Haden 44th (40-26) and Gavin Davies 57th (41-25).
The Centurion ladies section was unusually depleted but excellent performances by Marilyn Maidment 123rd (45-59) and young Grace Healy 149th (47-34) saw them first home in their respective age categories.
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