They certainly know how to put on a race at Intersport Run Reigate. Once again there were more than 4,000 finishers in the four event programme at the sixth hosting of this community-based event in Priory Park on Sunday (15 September).
Special touches at Run Reigate 2019 included prizes presented by last year's half marathon winner Kevin Quinn; the unique Run Reigate PB bell to ring; more than 1,800 car parking spaces provided by local businesses for a suggested charity donation of £3 and the terrific Canon UK Kids Race that was sold out for the fourth successive year with 1,101 finishers.
Top three men in the blue riband Run Reigate Half Marathon were Robert Wilson (Highgate Harriers, 1:10:51), Chris Mason (West 4 Harriers, 1:11:48) and Alix Ramsier (South London Harriers, 1:14:34).
Remarkably, fourth place went to the women's champion Eleanor Davis (Preston Harriers, 1:16:36) and just to prove you did not have to be a Harrier to mount the rostrum, the women's runners-up were Lucy Niemz (Notts AC, 1:22:06) and Kat Owens (Crawley AC, 1:23:53). There were 1,371 finishers in 3:40:00 and more than 80 stopped the clock in less than 90 minutes, keeping that PB bell ringing.
Run Reigate 10K was enjoyed by 1,138 finishers and produced a clean sweep in the women's race by Tonbridge AC athletes Nicole Taylor (34:52), Lucy Reid (36:00) and Phoebe Barker (36:21). Just two men managed to stay ahead of the Tonbridge trio: Paul Prothero (South London Harriers, 33:51) and Andy Salmon (Liverpool Harriers, 34:36).
Run Reigate 5K attracted 425 finishers with a swift victory for Russell Bentley (Kent AC/Eyri Harriers, 16:44). Crawley AC's junior Lauren Wormley (20:52) led the women round.
Intersport Run Reigate event was voted UK’s Best Half Marathon at The Running Awards 2017 and 2019 and was silver medal winners in 2015 and 2018. Run Reigate Canon Kids Race was also silver medal winner in 2019 and the tremendous turnout of well over 1,000 youngsters this year should help the claim for top honours. Fastest young milers were Luis Granger (6:11) and Katie Foss (6:32).