The Arden 9 is the club’s showpiece event. This year more volunteers than ever stepped forward to support Mark Cordiner-Barton so firstly, before the results, a huge thank you to everyone who helped in any way, shape or form.
This year was buzzing as we welcomed runners from across our friends in Warwickshire. The buzz this year was surrounding a serious crack at the course record, held by Toby Spencer in a super-fast 45:30 (2015). England International & Notts AC’s Doug Musson (and local Helix Sport emloyee) had been lined up. Doug Musson shattered the old course record running a sensational 45:04. The lead bikers being made to pedal hard and jaws left on the grass as he stormed into Hampton Sports Club grounds for the final 400m. Congratulations on the course record.
Spurred on by Doug Musson, K&D’s Chris Sharp and Leamington’s Paul Andrew had a ding dong derby battle for second and third. Home-town hero Chris Sharp emerging victorious in 48:52.
Congratulations go to Nuneaton’s Eleanor Fowler who backed up a superb Wednesday Sphinx run with the win at Arden in 54:15. Just pipping Bournville’s Nicola Sykes and Leamington’s Kelly Edwards.
Congratulations also go to all the category age winners: Sarah Rose (Kenilworth), Jenny Jeeves ( Leamington C&AC), Theresa Woolley (Centurion), Pauline Dable (Kenilworth), Mark Ryall (Milton Keynes), Richard Merrell (Leamington C&AC), Thomas Healy (Centurions), Stan Alexander (Kenilworth).
The team competitions were won by Kenilworth in both men’s and women’s categories. K&D Men finished 2nd overall followed by Spa. Leamington C&AC women took 2nd while K&D women took 3rd.
Congratulations to all our winners.
K&D Fielded 43 runners with Chris Sharp leading the team home. 2nd K&D man was Darren John in 53:19 who put recent poor form behind him with a 9 mile PB and Torsten Roesler who ran 54:23; also a PB.
Rosie Marsh led like a Captain from the front and ran 6 minutes faster than last year. Rosie’s 1:00:34 was tantalisingly close to the hour mark and good for 5th Woman overall. Emma Lowe took second K&D Woman in 1:03:04 with a sore knee. She also set an excellent standard putting the course signs up the day before. Clare Magee continued her excellent running and looked fabulous in a sparkly green ra-ra skirt thing (along with Kathy). Clare’s 1:04:44 kept Emma and Rosie on their toes.
Results are not quite on Power of 10 or runbritain yet so apologies for not listing all the PB’s etc. There were bloody loads of them though! Thank you to everyone at K&D for your support in making this a sensational edition of the Arden 9. And finally a huge thank you to Mark Cordiner-Barton who’s organisational skills ensure the event continues to evolve and improve year on year.