Points mean prizes for runners in the Centurion Grand Prix winter series and they gave it their best shot at the third race (Sunday 6 January) in the winter 2018/2019 series.
The Grand Prix is a series of six races on Sundays organised by Centurion RC with a choice of two distances – 5 Mile and a 2K Fun Run. They are held on footpaths through traffic-free parkland and involve two and a half laps for the 5M and one small lap for the 2K, both around Babbs Mill Lake.
The 2K Fun Run started at 10.30am and the 5 mile at 11am from John Henry Newman Catholic College in North Solihull. Conditions were dry and relatively mild as 150 entrants set off along this fast, flat course, hoping to get a PB and/or a spot prize and the satisfaction of knowing they are a step nearer to the commemorative memento. This memento is awarded on completion of four or more races in the series.
Grand Prix winners and trophies are decided on the basis of the best four races at 5 mile distance – men, women and veteran men/women and age group prizes, and certificates for the 2K finishers.
Richard White of Tipton Harriers won the 5M in 26:56: Chris McKeown of Spa Striders was second in 27:59 followed by his teammate Ian Allen in 28:15.
Natasha White of Northbrook AC was the first female in 32:07 followed by Clare Hinton of Spa Striders (33:44) and Marie Edmonds of Massey Ferguson RC in 33:50. Mary Heald of Knowle & Dorridge RC was close behind Marie, finishing in 33:55.
The fourth race in the series is on Sunday 3 February.
Image courtesy of Lee Caves.