Weekend Report - 1st October 2017

Half Marathon Success for Club Runners

The half marathon distance took centre stage for Club runners on Sunday, with the best performance coming from north of the border.

Ben Cole was competing in the Great Scottish Run at Glasgow, which was televised live on BBC television. The field included a number of top class internationals, including Callum Hawkins, who was fourth in the recent World Championships marathon. Hawkins eventually finished second behind former European 10,000 metres silver medallist Chris Thompson, who won in 62.44.

Cole ran a strong race throughout and was able to gain a few places over the final few miles to finish in an excellent eighth place in 67.57. This was just five seconds away from his personal best, despite the very wet and breezy conditions.

The Tonbridge Half Marathon was also held on Sunday, with Tonbridge athletes to the fore. Julian Rendall and Dan Bradley had broken away quite early in the race and finished first and second in times of 74.17 and 76.03. It was Rendall’s fourth victory in the event.

Maria Heslop also enjoyed her fourth victory in the race, as she recorded 83.34 to win the women’s category by three minutes. Heslop is currently in fine form and has an eye on next year’s London Marathon, by which time she will qualify in the over 50 age group.

Also finishing high up the field were Dan Blades, who was fourth in 77.59, to help Tonbridge secure the men’s team title and Matt Dennis in seventh with 80.37.

Photos from the event can be viewed here

This coming weekend on Saturday 7th October Club teams travel to Sutton Coldfield for the first National Championships of the season, being the road relays.