Surrey Police put in some rapid foot patrol to win the inaugural Emergency Services Challenge at the Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon and 10K on Sunday (17 September). There were just under 3,000 finishers in this award winning event, voted UK’s Best Half Marathon at The Running Awards 2017.
Dame Kelly Holmes, running icon and motivator, sent both races on their way and remained to high five many of the runners in the finishing straight. The fourth edition of this increasingly popular event, starting and finishing in front of Priory School in Priory Park, Reigate, took competitors on fully closed roads through beautiful country lanes and rural countryside.
Tom Aldred (London Heathside) took the half marathon honours in an aesthetically pleasing 1:11:11. He had set his best (1:06:54) at Brighton in 2014, the year he won Amsterdam Half Marathon. Runners-up were Matthew Richards (Reading RR, 1:11:41) and Chris Ashford (BRAT, 1:12:48). The women’s trophy was claimed by W40 master Sarah Winter (Stragglers, 1:25:22) from Fiona De Mauny (Walton, 1:25:54) and Clare Coley (Clapham, 1:27:09).
Top three in the 10k were home club favourite Paul Prothero (Reigate Priory, 33:56), Oscar Subuh-Symons (Dorking, 34:38) and Andy Salmon (Bristol and West, 34:45). Hannah Robbie took the women’s race in an immaculate 40:00 from Charlotte Best (40:50) and Tanya Johnson (Clapham Chasers, 41:26).
In addition to the Half Marathon and 10K races, more than 1,100 young runners aged 4-14 years completed the final 1.1 mile of their own cumulative half marathon and watching the youngsters cross the finish line was one of the many highlights of race day.
Race director David Kelly commented: “A big thank you from myself and the whole Run Reigate team to everyone who ran, volunteered, cheered and supported the event and congratulations to all the runners who crossed the finish line. We would also like to express our gratitude to all our partners and sponsors who keep supporting us in taking the event to the next level. Entries for the 2018 event are now open and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again next September.”
The 2018 date has been confirmed as Sunday, 16 September and the first 200 runners signing up will get their place for just £25 (including booking fee).
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