This weekend saw not one, not two but three big half marathons as the Spring marathon prep suddenly stepped up a gear.
First to the Wokingham Half Marathon, which saw five 26.2 members take part. For those who haven’t run it before, the circular route takes in a number of closed rural roads on the outskirts of Wokingham. The course, whilst not completely flat is still a very quick one and whilst the wind occasionally played its part, quick times were definitely on offer for runners.
First over the line for 26.2 was Alastair McGeoch-Williams in a time of 1:19:27, followed by Steve Ramek (1:25:38) and Lawrence Bromley (1:29:10) – both earning PBs. Unfortunately Danny Norman and Libby Marchant both had days to forget. Illness hampered both their efforts, with Libby making a 15 minute pit-stop at the St Johns Ambulance approaching the halfway stage and Danny’s man flu getting the better of him at the 8 mile mark.
The men’s race was a hotly contested affair with first place Paul Pollock recording the second fastest time ever at Wokingham with an amazing 1:03:46. Incredibly there was a dead-heat finish for third place with both John Beattie and Kojo Kyereme finishing on 1:06:13! First lady was Caryl Mair Jones from Swansea Harriers in 1:14:32.
Full results are available online.
Back closer to home it was the Hampton Court Half Marathon and again five 26.2 members were in attendance.
The wind was arguably more of a factor in this race given the proximity of much of the route to the exposed River Thames. Martin Threakall was first 26.2 member back in a storming time of 1:29:00. Kirstie Mitchell bagged a fantastic PB of 1:41:50 as first 26.2 lady over the finish line – clearly in good form in the build up to London.
John Rahim in 1:47:03, Lucy Hitchinson in 1:53:59 and Laura Hooke in 1:58:02 completed the 26.2 contingent for the day. Full results are available online.
Lastly of course there was the Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon. 26.2 member Richard Goulder completed the race in an impressive time of 1:34:35 – though as he did so representing his second claim club, it didn’t really happen 🙂
A full set of results are available online
Alastair crossing the Wokingham finish line (photo from A. Jewel)