The 3rd Ealing Half Marathon took place on Sunday (28 September) with a record number of finishers in unseasonably hot and sunny weather conditions. The award-winning race saw 4239 finishers, plus thousands of supporters and spectators - along the route and in the race village - who had turned out to show their support for the event.
The race was started by inspirational local resident Tracey Melville, an ambassador for the Lymphoma Association. She sent the runners on their way at 9.00am and they headed around Central Ealing, Montpelier, Pitshanger, West Ealing, Hanwell and St Stephens before they crossed the finish line in Lammas Park.
The Ealing Half Marathon attracts an international running field but it firmly has its roots in the local community and sees a lot of support from local businesses, residents and runners. The race is a Community Interest Company (CIC), which exists to benefit the community rather than private shareholders.
Run-Fast Kenyan athletes Ben Siwa and Gladys Yator claimed the winning titles with Siwa crossing the finish line in 1:07:33 and Yator successfully defending her women’s title in a time of 1:15:58.
Runner up Antonio Silva (Sporting Clube de Portugal) finished in 1:08:34 and Serpentine RC athlete Jonathan Poole claimed third place in 1:09:33, ahead of his club mates John Franklin and Andy Greenleaf. In the women’s field Abbey McGhee (Victoria Park AAC) took second place in 1:18:51, ahead of Isobel Rea (West 4 Harriers) who crossed the finish line in 1:25:14.
More than 220 Ealing Eagles took part and the Serpentine Running Club used the Ealing Half Marathon as their club championship race.
The fastest runners in the Ealing Mini Mile, which started at 9.15 am and covered a one-mile route around Lammas Park, were Milo Choudhry (6:08) and Victoria Fletcher (7:23) in the 6–11 years category. Joseph Barnes (5:18) and Laura Stewart (5:59) of Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC took first place in the 12-16 years category.