Run-Fast athletes Josphat Kemei and Teresiah Omosa did exactly that as they were the headline acts at Ealing Half Marathon on Sunday (25 September). The Kenyans both dominated their categories and set new course record times. Kemei won by nearly eight minutes in 1:04:15 and Omosa (1:14:46) had an even greater cushion as she easily retained her women’s title, finishing fifth overall.
A total of 4,322 runners voted with their feet by completing the fifth edition of this award winning race, voted the UK’s best half marathon for the last three years at the Running Awards.
The course from Lammas Park is neither flat nor fast but the many parks and tree-lined streets on the route provide shelter and an attractive environment for a 13.1 mile challenge. Organisers are confident that the £1 million pound charity fundraising mark will be exceeded following this year’s event.
The nippy pace at the front helped the home athletes to fast times. Michael Aldridge (M40, 1:12:03), of Wootton Road Runners, ran a season’s best and Alun Myers (1:12:04), of Victoria Park Harriers, was dragged to a personal best to complete the podium.
Sophie Tomaszczyk (1:25:10 PB) and Isobel Rea (W40, 1:26:13), who were both representing West 4 Harriers, joined Teresiah Omosa at the presentations after an encouraging run on the fully closed roads through the leafy Ealing suburbs.
Ealing Half Marathon is well known for its huge community support and lively atmosphere and this year was its most successful event yet. Set up as a legacy to London’s Olympic Games in 2012 the race welcomed athletes from all over the UK and abroad including a strong team of Ealing Eagles club runners.
Among the field was runABC staff member Alex Osborne (1:27:55) who said: “I had a great day in Ealing. There was a great atmosphere in the park as runners and families mixed prior to the race. The course twists and winds its way around the tree-lined residential streets, meaning supporters only had to come to their doorsteps and they did, in the hundreds.”
Full details are on Ealing Half Marathon website