The weather certainly didn’t disappoint on Sunday when Retford Athletic and Running Club welcomed over 1,000 runners and supporters to the 2014 Retford Half Marathon and Family Fun Run.
The event, which this year used Retford Oaks Academy as the base for the half marathon start and finish, attracted local runners, as well as many from other parts of the country, and even one woman from California who finished as third lady in the Half Marathon.
In glorious spring sunshine a record 638 runners completed the Half Marathon.
The record numbers doubled the 2013 field, and over 100 children took part in the family fun run in the grounds of Retford Oaks.
The large turnout was good news for Bluebell Wood Children’s hospice who received a donation from each half marathon and fun run entry, and had many runners raising sponsorship, including a 30 strong team from Greencore in Worksop who raised almost £2,000.
Thomas Shaw from Lincoln was first home in the half marathon in an incredible time of 1: 11:24, over three minutes quicker than the second placed runner, setting a record for the new course.
First lady home was Caroline Wheelhouse from Doncaster AC who finished in 1:26: 06.
Retford AC’s Ben Harris, put in an impressive performance to finish sixth in a time of 1:16: 19, with Becky Chadwick finishing as first Retford lady in 1: 55:58.
In the fun run the race was won by George Earle, with Retford AC junior Sam Roberts second and Daniel Beckett third placed junior.
Tuxford Academy won the school competition.
Race Director, David Corbett, from Retford Athletic Club said it all went exactly to plan.
“We were delighted by the turnout,” he said.
“The half marathon sold out over a month ago, so we just really needed the weather and it certainly didn’t disappoint.”
“Everything ran like clock-work and our team of approximately 100 volunteers, including students from Retford schools, volunteers from Bluebell Wood, and members and friends of Retford AC and other local clubs did a tremendous job.”
He also thankedRetford Oaks Academy and Barnsley Premier Leisure for use of their facilities, sponsors Jones & Co, Cooke & Mason, EDF Energy, and Blizard Physiotherapy, and event partners TMS and the British Red Cross.
Full results are available at www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/ps/results/Retford%20Half%20Marathon/30135
Further information including links to the official photos is available on www.facebook.com/retfordhalf and ww.retfordac.co.uk