Wurr is a blur at Warwick’s traditional Christmas Day run

Natalie Bhangal with Sharon and Ian McLaughlin and Jamal Karim at the Christmas Day run. Picture submitted
Natalie Bhangal with Sharon and Ian McLaughlin and Jamal Karim at the Christmas Day run. Picture submitted

The traditional Christmas Day run at St Nicholas Park, organised by Kenilworth Runners and Leamington C&AC raised £200 for Myton Hospice.

Runners took on a course of approximately 3.4 miles inside the park, with Simon Wurr first home in a super-quick 17min 49sec.

Leamington C&AC’s John Muddeman was second in 18:32, with Iain McLaughlin (19;20) third and Kenilworth Runners’ Marc Curtis three seconds further back in fourth.

Leamington C&AC’s Natalie Bhangal was the first female and tenth overall in 21:41.

Kenilworth Runners’ Connor Carson finished second behind former clubmate Rich Simkiss at the Ilmington 10k last Sunday.

The third race in the series was run anti-clockwise with Simkiss clocking an impressive 35:45.

Carson was runner-up in 36:19, with fellow Kenilworth Runner Wayne Briggs 14th in 41:15.

Leamington C&AC’s George Loveday was tenth in 40:25, with Brian Miller 22nd in 42:16.

Selected others (Kenilworth Runners unless stated): 38, Richard Steel (43:48); 48, Simon Parsons (Spa Striders, 45:04); 55, Graham Garlick (Leamington C&AC, 45:40; 64, Dave Pettifer (46:33, 1st V65); 82, Ian Baynes (48:09); 98, Duncan Loveday (Leamington C&AC, 48:46); 112, Ros Brooks (50:22); 180, Tom Dable (55:18); 192, Debbie Streets (56:37); 209, Lorraine Parsons (Spa Striders, 57:52); 218, Pauline Dable (59:05); 288, Mary Oldham (63:59).

Leamington C&AC’s annual Christmas Handicap was won by Katy Wilkinson, the sole junior female taking part.

Wilkinson completed two laps of the 1.1-mile cross-country course around Old Leamingtonians RFC in 20:56, with her handicap giving her a combined time of 36:26.

Martin Hadfield ran 35:35 for his four laps, with a handicap of 2min 45sec putting him in second place.

Kieran Chahal clocked 26:34 for his four laps - the third fastest time for the 4.4 miles - with his combined time seeing him beat his dad Rupe to the line by just 14 seconds.

Jenny Jeeves was the fastest lady over their three-lap course, running a superb 22:39, with Suzie Tawney the second fastest in 23:57.

In the men’s race, Callum Hanlon ran the fastest time for the four laps, coming home in 25:09.

However, a handicap of 17 minutes saw him finish well down the 39-strong field.