7 Mar

Four And More At Cambridge Half Marathon

The 2017 Cambridge Half medal

Aaron Scott won the Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon (Sunday 5 March) in 1:07:57 and for the fourth year in a row. The Lincoln Wellington AC/Nene Valley Harriers athlete added this year’s victory to his 2014, 2015 and 2016 list of wins.

Michael Eccles of Norfolk Gazelles RC was runner-up for the second time, coming home in 1:09:48 with Sullivan Smith of Cambridge & Coleridge AC third in 1:10:26. 
Tracy Barlow of Thames Valley Harriers won the women’s race in 1:16:22 followed by Lucy Gossage of Erdinger in 1:16:34. Sophie Kelly of Cambridge & Coleridge AC was third in 1:17:17.
The last runner finished in 3:29:03.  
It was a red-letter day for Teacups and Trainers blogger and runABC columnist Joanna Barlow. She celebrated her 32nd birthday and a PB at this race and thoroughly enjoyed the experience in spite of the cold, wet and windy conditions. In her words: “my lasting memory of the Cambridge Half will be the exceptional crowds; they encouraged the runners in torrential rain, holding laugh-out-loud signs, handing out sweets and cheering so much you might think you’d become an overnight celebrity.”  
A field of 9,000 runners took part in the sixth outing of this sold-out race, organised by OSB Events and in support of Cancer Research UK. Many were running for personal achievement and others for charity but one guy decided to up the ante by running with a tumble drier on his back with an aim of setting a new Guinness World Record for the fastest half marathon while carrying an appliance. 
The runners followed a scenic course taking in the sights and sounds of the historic city before finishing at Victoria Avenue and Midsummer Common. All finishers received a medal (voted as ‘fantastic’ by Joanna), goody bag and a cold beer courtesy of race partner Erdinger. 
Photo courtesy of Joanna Barlow.