Runners flock to Retford for annual half marathon

Retford Half Marathon starting (Pic: Steve Hobson)
Retford Half Marathon starting (Pic: Steve Hobson)

Over 1,000 runners and supporters converged on Retford on Sunday for the 2015 Retford Half Marathon and Family Fun Run.

The Retford Athletics Club event was based at Retford Oaks Academy once again and attracted local runners, as well as many from across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and other parts of the country.

In good and mostly dry conditions 627 runners completed the Half Marathon, while over 100 children and adults took part in the family fun run which was held 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 for them.

Gareth Lowe from Clowne Road Runners was first home in the half marathon in an incredible time of 1.10.43, breaking the course record by over half a minute, and finishing almost three minutes ahead of the second placed runner.

First lady home was Helen Beck from Wakefield District Harriers and AC who finished in 1.26.43, just outside the course record set last year.

Retford AC runners at the Retford Half Marathon (Pic: Steve Hobson)

Retford AC runners at the Retford Half Marathon (Pic: Steve Hobson)

It was a double celebration for the Lowe household with Gareth’s wife Louise Lowe finishing as first lady in the FV 35-44 age category with a great time of 1.30.10.

First Retford runner home was Ben Harris, who put in an impressive performance to finish fifth in a time of 1.18, with Becky Chadwick finishing as first Retford lady in 1.44.15, taking over 10 minutes from her 2014 time.

In the fun run the boys race was won by Dillon George, with Nathan Langley finishing second, and James Maiden third.

In the girls race Retford AC took the first three places with Molly Scott first, Amber Scott second and Molly Burgess third.

Race Director, David Corbett, from Retford Athletic Club said: “We were delighted once again by the turnout.”

“The half marathon sold out for the second year running, but the demand for places this year has been particularly high and we had to close entries in January.”

The weather wasn’t quite as hot as last year which for most made for more comfortable conditions to run.”

“Everything ran smoothly and our team of over 100 volunteers, including junior leaders from Retford schools, volunteers from Bluebell Wood and the Rotary Club, and members and friends of Retford AC and other local clubs did an amazing job.”

Corbett also thanked hosts Retford Oaks and Barnsley Premier Leisure, local residents for their patience, and sponsors Jones & Co, Five Star Properties, Broom Wagon, Houseproud, The Lincolnshire Runner, and Blizard Physiotherapy, and event partners including TMS and the British Red Cross.

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