Savery on the comeback trail with runners-up spot at Coventry Godiva 5

Spa Striders face the camera ahead of the Coventry Godiva Autumnal 5. Picture submitted
Spa Striders face the camera ahead of the Coventry Godiva Autumnal 5. Picture submitted

Andrew Savery produced an excellent run of 26:07 at the Coventry Godiva Autumnal 5 as he continues on his comeback trail.

The Leamington C&AC athlete’s time was not enough for him to claim top spot at War Memorial Park - that went to in-form home athlete Toby Spencer (25:48) - but it did give him second and district bragging rights.

Stephen Page was fourth in a personal best of 26:46, producing a real captain’s performance to lead Kenilworth Runners to the men’s team prize.

Andy Siggers was seventh in 27:07, with Connor Carson (8th in 27:12) and Kev Hope (10th in 28:46) ensuring Kenilworth now have an unassailable lead in the Warwickshire Road Race League.

First home for Spa Striders’ men was Will Johnson in ninth in a best of 28:28, followed by Paul Edwards (29:21)and Kevin White (29:55).

Leamington C&AC’s John Knibb was 14th and first V50 in 29:13, with Natalie Bhangal the next C&AC athlete home to claim fourth lady in 31:20.

Bhangal was involved in a thrilling mini battle in the women’s race, with Kenilworth Runners’ Danielle Bryan handed the same time for fifth lady and C&AC clubmate Zara Blower just three seconds back.

Monica Williamson completed the C&AC’s team-winning trio in 32:20.

Imogen Peace (1st LV40) recorded a new PB of 31:57 to secure the team second for Kenilworth alongside Bryan and Laura Pettifer, whose 33:56 was also a best.

Striders’ Carolyn Wilkinson won her age group and climbed to first place in the league series with a season’s best time of 31:59, with Jennie Hawkins (33:08) and a PB-running Caroline Whitehouse (33:58) completing the scoring team.

Kenilworth youths also had excellent runs with Abi Collister (38:50), Poppy Jefferson (40:30) and Kirsty Smith (53:33) filling first, second and fourth spots in the under-20 ladies.

There were also new bests for Courtney Thornberry (35:54), Gemma Ellis (36:04), Jenny Philpott (36:39), Samantha Moffat (42:14) and Angela Dowden (42:15).

Eleanor Fowler of Nuneaton Harriers was the first lady home in 30:00.