Thou­sands go on the run in half-marathon

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AROUND 7,000 keen run­ners laced their shoes for this year’s Eal­ing Half Marathon. De­spite com­plaints from peo­ple try­ing to travel in the area, the fifth Eal­ing Half Marathon was a roar­ing suc­cess on a sunny day that made for per­fect run­ning con­di­tions.

Run­ners kicked off the event, which has been voted the UK’s best half marathon for the past three years, at around 9am, fac­ing a 13-mile course through Eal­ing.

The win went to Josphat Ke­mei who fin­ished in an out­stand­ing 1hr 04m 14s, smash­ing the pre­vi­ous record by 19 sec­onds.

He was fol­lowed eight min­utes later by Michael Aldridge with a time of 1:12:02 and then Alun My­ers in 1:12:04.

Tere­siah Omosa took the hon­ours in the women’s field with a time of 01:14:45, ahead of So­phie To­maszczyk with 01:25:09 and Iso­bel Rea in third with 01:26:12.

This year’s route started and fin­ished in Lam­mas Park af­ter a sin­gle lap through the cen­tre of Eal­ing, Mont­pe­lier, Pit­shanger, West Eal­ing, Han­well and St Stephen’s.

The cho­sen char­i­ties for this year’s half marathon are the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety, Can­cer Re­search UK and CLIC Sargent.

Over the past two years the race has raised more than £900,000 for dif­fer­ent char­i­ties and or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing this year will see them raise more than ever be­fore.

The to­tal amount of money raised will be re­vealed in around two weeks.

In the Eal­ing Mini Mile, a pop­u­lar event giv­ing young­sters the chance to com­pete, Richie Grant and Emma Pribyl won the six to nine years cat­e­gory and Max­mil­ian Steel and Josie Booker took the hon­ours for the 10-12 years cat­e­gory.

Wil­liam Pater­son Den­ton and El­lie Os­mond claimed first place in the 13-16 years cat­e­gory.

Race di­rec­tor Kelvin Walker said: “The Eal­ing Half Marathon 2016 has ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions and been our best year yet.

“We had thou­sands of run­ners cross the fin­ish line and a fan­tas­tic turnout of fam­i­lies and friends to cheer them on and cel­e­brate their achieve­ments.

“When we started the race five years ago, our dream was to host an event that would bring the com­mu­nity to­gether and give some­thing back, and we are thrilled that the Eal­ing Half Marathon has done just this while be­com­ing a key date in the di­ary for many peo­ple.

“We would like to thank ev­ery­one who has sup­ported the race again this year, in­clud­ing the vol­un­teers, mar­shals, our spon­sors and part­ners, and lo­cal busi­nesses and res­i­dents.

“And a big thank you of course to the run­ners, young and old, who keep com­ing back to sup­port Eal­ing Half Marathon year af­ter year – congratulations to all of you on this su­perb day of sport­ing achieve­ment.”

Or­gan­is­ers have con­firmed that reg­is­tra­tion to the Eal­ing Half Marathon 2017, which will take place on Sun­day Septem­ber 24, will open shortly.

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