The Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon (Sunday 4 March) took the honours for a well organised and attended event in challenging conditions. Not even controversy around the winner spoiled a first class race for everyone involved.
The organisers, OSB Events had kept a close eye on the Siberian weather conditions and posted regular pre-race updates with the aim of going ahead as planned if the forecast had improved. Temperatures started to rise, albeit slowly, ahed of Sunday and the roads were clear so everything was in place for the 9.30am start time.
There was an enthusiastic warm up to get chilled limbs ready before over 7,000 runners headed off from Midsummer Common, the location for the start and finish of the seventh Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon. The one lap course took the field through the city centre, on to Grantchester and Trumpington then along Barton Road and back into the city and the finish.
Runner-up William Mycroft of Enfield and Haringey AC was awarded the title after the winner was disqualified due to racing under another person’s name and number. Mycroft won in 1:07:03. James Straw was second in 1:07:42 with Aaron Scott third in 1:09:40.
Georgina Schwiening of Cambridge & Coleridge AC won the women’s race in 1:15:32. Teammate Victoria Knight was second in 1:16:30 followed by Sarah Bird of Ipswich Jaffa RC in 1:20:03.
Enthusiastic marshals and spectators cheered the runners along the route and together with the live music, created an unforgettable atmosphere. Other aspects that received positive reviews were the baggage drop/pick up, four wave start, water stations and pre/post-race foil blankets. Every finisher was presented with an appropriately themed medal and a generous goody bag.
Photo courtesy of Keith Johnstone.