Barnett’s form continues with fine Grand Prix run

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Kelly Barnett continued her fine form on the roads when she finished a respectable fifth in the second round of the East Midlands Grand Prix series.

The event, held over a tough hilly six miles course at Rugby, saw the Wellingborough & District AC runner cover the distance in 39.56 while also running well for Wellingborough were Sarah Ellwood (11th in 42.02) and Louise Kemp (12th in 42.15).

In a race which saw Rugby & Northampton AC’s Emily Waugh (37.32) defeat fellow Under-20 Rosanna Andrews (39.06) of Northampton Road Runners to secure top honours, Julie Wargent (24th in 44.27) was top finisher for Team Balancise and Lauren Mehmet (29th in 45.41) led home the Kettering Town Harriers contingent.

Top local male finisher was Kettering Harrier Phil West, whose effort when running the distance in 34.46 brought him home in 15th position. Also running well for the club were Neil Tandy (20th 35.18), Steve Green (39th in 36.46), Andrew Clawson (52nd in 37.25) and Kemal Mehmet (61st in 37.53) while running well for Wellingborough were Jon Kemp (43rd in 36.51) and Julian Blackwell (60th in 37.45).

At the sharp end of the field Leamington’s Andrew Savery won in 32.09 from Kenilworth’s Andrew Siggers (32.17) and the early leader Alistair Smith (Coventry Godiva), who finished third in 32.42.

Other local results:

Male

73 Simon Hobday (W&D) 38.53, 80 Stuart Bartlett (TB) 39.05, 83 Richard Campbell (KTH) 39.24, 84 Neil McDonald (W&D) 39.29, 88 David Yarnall (W&D) 39.44, 98 Andrew Redden (W&D) 40.18, 100 Michael Salter (KTH) 40.31, 107 Adam Eales (Desborough RRC) 40.50, 108 Guy Travers (W&D) 40.56, 111 Peter Williams (W&D) 41.00, 116 Phil Farley (W&D) 41.19, 119 Mark Bonham (W&D) 41.32, 123 Martin Hamilton (TB) 41.50, 139 Anthony Poncia (KTH) 42.52, 149 Matthew Hancock (W&D) 43.19, 157 Christopher Jones (W&D) 43.44, 163 David Hutchings (TB) 44.27, 184 John Eales (DRRC) 46.39, 188 Alan Griffiths (W&D) 46.59.

Female

37 Anne Marie Humphrey Lodder (W&D) 46.59, 38 Emma Murphy (W&D) 47.00, 42 Deb Galletta (Corby AC) 47.28, 49 Barbara Fulton (KTH) 48.34, 58 Kim Geeves (W&D) 51.09, 75 Valerie Anslow (W&D) 55.09, 81 Amanda Allen (W&D) 57.26, 83 Sally Hewitt (W&D) 58.34.