Harrier Phil is the tops in series’ second stage

KETTERING TOWN HARRIER Phil West was the top local finisher when the second round of the East Midlands Grand Prix road race series was held over a tough six-mile circuit at Rugby.

The 42-year-old covered the distance in 34.29 to finish a fine ninth – an effort which slotted him into fifth position in the Veteran-40 section.

In his wake Jon Kemp led home the Wellingborough & District AC contingent when he finished 22nd thanks to his time of 36.14.

Also having solid runs for the club were Neil McDonald, who came 57th in 39.52 and Julian Blackwell (60th in 40.16).

Corby AC’s John Thomas repeated his Veteran-70 success from the opening round with a time of 46.27 for 144th place.

At the front of the field Kenilworth’s Andrew Siggers secured top honours when he raced home in 32.37 to win from Sphinx’s Ashley Miles (32.52) and his club colleague Chris McCarthy (32.58).

The Wellingborough trio of Louise Kemp, Liz Orchard and Natasha Wain all turned in creditable performances.

Kemp’s time of 42.51 brought her home in 21st position, exactly one minute ahead of 24th placed Orchard while Wain’s time of 44.50 slotted her into 29th.

Also running well for the club was Emma King (36th in 46.33), who finished one place and four seconds ahead of Kettering’s top finisher Amanda Marlow.

Kirsty Whigham (Rugby & Northampton AC) convincingly took the race in 36.15 from the Huncote Harrier pair of Nicki Nealon (36.54) and Helen Talbot (37.50).