Spires & Shires: Our winners from the weekend

One of the most enjoyable aspects of holding running events is the various degrees of personal achievement reached by runners – from those sprinting home to win races to people taking on their first ultra and friends helping each other over the line.

It was no different yesterday as a host of runners descended on Naseby – once home of one of the most important battles in British history – to take on a range of races.

Our Shires & Spires event features distances over 10k, the half-marathon, the marathon, our 35-mile ultra marathon and – for the first time – the three-quarter marathon.

That final distance is one I really love as it bridges the sometimes frightening gap between half- and full marathon events. It was fantastic to see so many runners take it on yesterday as the next step in their running journey.

We had some fantastic runs yesterday from some super fast athletes, but before I move on to tell you about our race winners, I just want to share this video with you. It’s a chat with James Thorpe, who many people in Northamptonshire will know as a committed member of the running community.

By his own admission, James is never going to be winning races, but in many ways he’s what these events are about: people to striving to reach their own goals, loving running and collecting some bling along the way. In this video, he tells us how his Shires & Spires experience in the 10k went and why he loves our races.

We hope to see you again soon James…

But, of course, we like to celebrate our podium heroes as well, so here’s my rundown of our trophy winners – with a couple more videos thrown in for good measure…




MENโ€™S RACE ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ
๐Ÿฅ‡ Andrew Morris
๐Ÿฅˆ Nate Cooke
๐Ÿฅ‰ Duncan Leese
WOMENโ€™S RACE ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ
๐Ÿฅ‡ Carli Palmer
๐Ÿฅˆ Kate Sidwell
๐Ÿฅ‰ Samantha Baines


๐Ÿฅ‡ Matt Langtree
๐Ÿฅˆ Sam Russell
๐Ÿฅ‰ Zoe Kemp

MENโ€™S RACE ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ
๐Ÿฅ‡ Matt Langtree
๐Ÿฅˆ Sam Russell
๐Ÿฅ‰ Jacob Taylor
WOMENโ€™S RACE ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ
๐Ÿฅ‡ Zoe Kemp
๐Ÿฅˆ Kate Wales
๐Ÿฅ‰ Becky Hampshire

After the race, we spoke to Zoe Kemp, the winner of the womenโ€™s half-marathon. Zoe, who broke her own course record to finish in 1:36:42, came third overall.

Zoe’s podium finish in the half-marathon was mirrored by Amy Sarkies in the three-quarter marathon, who came third overall in that event. We were honoured to have England ๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟand GB 100k runner Amy, as well as Zoe, taking part in Shires & Spires and making sure the men didn’t have it all their own way.

We asked Zoe how she found the course today and why she keeps coming back to compete in Shires & Spiresโ€ฆ


๐Ÿฅ‡ Ian Moser
๐Ÿฅˆ Tim Stent
๐Ÿฅ‰ Amy Sarkies
MENโ€™S RACE ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ
๐Ÿฅ‡ Ian Moser
๐Ÿฅˆ Tim Stent
๐Ÿฅ‰ William Dixon
WOMENโ€™S RACE ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ
๐Ÿฅ‡ Amy Sarkies
๐Ÿฅˆ Charlotte Marshall
๐Ÿฅ‰ Katherine Rowney
Chris Holmes led from the front - both literally and as the chief executive of Northamptonshire Sport - to win the marathon event


MENโ€™S RACE ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ
๐Ÿฅ‡ Chris Holmes
๐Ÿฅˆ Bradley Washford
๐Ÿฅ‰ George Stingemore
WOMENโ€™S RACE ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ
๐Ÿฅ‡ Jo Marshall
๐Ÿฅˆ Charlene Bennett
๐Ÿฅ‰ Rebecca Pearson

We also had YouTube running royalty with us at Shires & Spires, in the form of the MARM, aka The Middle Aged Running Man, aka Tim Stent.

Tim performed brilliantly to finish second in the three-quarter marathon event, and then took some time out to tell us about his channel and how he found the race.

His Shires & Spires race video will be live on his YouTube channel later this week, so be sure to check that out.

ultra mARATHON

MENโ€™S RACE ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ
๐Ÿฅ‡ Andrew Siggers
๐Ÿฅˆ Chris Filer
๐Ÿฅ‰ Charles Wartnaby
WOMENโ€™S RACE ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ
๐Ÿฅ‡ Victoria Broadbent
๐Ÿฅˆ Elizabeth Phipps
๐Ÿฅ‰ Jayne Rudolph

Thanks again to everyone who took part in the event. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

See you again soon!