23 Feb

High 5 For Simpkiss At Winter 10K Series

Richard Simpkiss - winner of the Tempo Winter 10K series

Richard Simpkiss won Race 5, the last in the Tempo Events Winter Series 10K (Sunday 19 Feb) to become the overall champion. The McCarkiss Endurance Project runner crossed the line in 36:04 followed by Dean Clarke of Massey Ferguson RC in 38:57. Ian Mansell of Dudley and Stourbridge Harriers came third in 39:25.

In the final standings, Simpkiss won the 2016-17 men’s series with Ian Mansell second and Dean Clarke in third.
Emma Bexson of Stratford upon Avon AC won the women’s race in 44:52 followed by Katie Garrity in 45:39. Fern Hordern also of Stratford upon Avon AC was third in 46:10. A double victory for Emma Bexson whose win on Sunday made her the 2016-17 ladies series champion. Katie Garrity was second with Hannah Osborne third in the final standings. 
This was the last in the series of five road races, organised by Tempo Events that started and finished at Ilmington Sports Club in Shipston on Stour. Competitors ran the same course for every race, alternated each time; they ran in a clockwise direction for one race then anti-clockwise for the next and so on. 
All finishers received a packet of sausages, courtesy of a local butcher, that were popular with everyone who took part. 
The series winners were awarded prize vouchers courtesy of Hand Picked Hotels offering a one-night stay including bed and breakfast for two. Runners who completed all five races received a highly prized, Tempo Events Winter Series hoody, providing an incentive to tackle this course and its infamous hill.
Photo by Barry Cornelius