Pictures Tony Wallbank
WARRINGTON’S English Half Marathon was a sell out success for the third consecutive year with plans in the pipeline for next year’s 10th anniversary event.
The event organisers were overwhelmed with the crowd support of runners in the 9th showing of the ever-popular race which attracted 7,500 entrants witht he highlight of the event finishing at the town’s iconic Golden Gates.
Rob Griffiths, race director, says: “Warrington really shone. The feedback we have had from runners about the support and energy on the route is amazing. The town is really starting to take this race to its heart and showing great civic pride”
Setting off at 9am, the Half Marathon and 10k races took in all the landmarks of Warrington, ending once again in a spectacular finish through the iconic Golden Gates. The event attracted entrants from 12 countries and over 4000 runners from out of the town.
The WireFM Family Mile saw runners of all ages took on a one-mile circuit of the town centre, with the budding runners of tomorrow also enjoying the red-carpet finish through the Golden Gates.
That half marathon was won by Matthew Lalor of Barlick Fell Runners in a time of 1:13:14. With Kate Knox crossing the line as the first lady in a time of 1:27:09
Kevin Usher of Northern Masters AC took the 10k virctory with 35.04. But was pushed all the way by 15-year-old Ben Batho of Stockport Harriers with a time of 35.25. Kirsty Longley took the female win, with a time of 37.23.
With all race distances selling out well in advance of race day, the popularity continues to grow.
“It is great to welcome all of these wonderful runners to our town. The council and I have a vision to make this event not just a highlight in the global running calendar but a truly amazing day for Warrington. It’s a community asset we should be proud of” added Rob.
The race returns on the weekend of the 14-16th September 2018 for its 10th Anniversary Race.
Full race results and 2018 entry details are available online at www.run-ehm.com