Promising young runner’s Alex Eykelbosch and Sam Lloyd-Perks both secured first place last weekend in their 10 Kilometre races at the Spring Shakespeare 2015.
Undeterred by the strong Long Marston winds, Lloyd-Perks was first to cross the line in the Men’s 10km race. The 19 year old Halesowen runner achieved a personal best, finishing in a time of 33 minutes and 29 seconds.
Eykelbosch also finished first with a personal best of 37 minutes and 44 seconds, two minutes ahead of second place in the Women’s 10km race. Both runners have promising futures ahead of them; Birmingham University runner Eykelbosch finished second earlier in the year at the Hertfordshire County Championships and Lloyd-Perks recorded a first place finish at the Dudley 5 mile Sprint in February.
The other big headline was the performance of Tom Cornthwaite who ran the fastest UK marathon time of 2015. The Salford Harriers Club runner finished Raceway Events’ Spring Shakespeare marathon in 2 hours and 28 minutes.
100 Marathon Club runner Sally Ford performed convincingly in the Women’s marathon race to finish 11 minutes ahead of second place with a time of 3 hours and 10 minutes.
There was a pulsating finish in the Men’s Half Marathon as Daniel Chan finished three seconds ahead of Matt Adcock. Barnsley runner Chan will be delighted to have edged this close race, having finished just outside the top three at the Long Marston course in the autumn.
Thames Valley runner Victoria Carter also finished strongly to secure first place ahead of Sarah Morwood in the women’s Half Marathon.
Special mention should be given to the following runners who finished just behind 1st place for their respective races; Lewis Chalke, Stuart Holloway, Diane Roy, Alison Boyle, Matt Adcock, Richard Simkiss, Sarah Morwood, Natalie Bhangal, Nick Hardy, David Dew, Laura Gale and Kathryn Lovelock.
The Spring Shakespeare was hosted by Raceways Events and is popular because of its flat course which is perfect for personal best potential and London Marathon practice. Raceways next event will be the Avenger 2015 triathlon held at Ragley Hall in Alcester. More information can be found on the company’s website.