3 Oct

Kenyan Double At Ealing Half

Ealing Half action

The second Ealing Half Marathon took place on Sunday in warm, sunny weather conditions with 4,000 runners crossing the finish line and all the communities based around the route showing their support and spurring on the runners around the streets of West London. Bob Fletcher, headteacher of North Ealing Primary School, started the race at 9.15 am, sending the runners on their way around the single lap course which took in the borough landmarks before finishing in front of cheering crowds in Lammas Park.

Kenyan Matthew Kiprotich Kimutai from Run-Fast was a favourite contender for the winning title and after leading from the start he was indeed the first runner to cross the finish line in an impressive 1:04:33, which is also a new course record. Colin Leak secured second place with a sprint line finish in a time of 1:07:58, beating Paul Martelletti from Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC into third place by one second.

It was a similar story in the women's field where another Kenyan Gladys Ruto of Run Fast dominated from the start, crossing the finish line in an excellent 1:15:28 and coming 12th overall. Katy Webster from London Heathside Runners AC was the runner-up in a time of 1:18:15 with Rebecca Moore from Worthing Harriers claiming 3rd place in 1:19:21.

A large number of representatives from the Ealing Eagles and other local running clubs took part in the race as well as many first time half marathon runners, PB chasers and charity runners.

Olympic silver medallist Sonia O'Sullivan from Thames Hare and Hounds was also spotted in the running crowds, finishing in 1:27:28. A special mention goes to 19 year old Delilah Brown from Hanwell who, despite suffering from cerebral palsy, managed to complete the 13.1 mile course.

The Ealing Mini Mile took place for the first time this year and saw just under 200 young runners aged 6 -11 running one mile around Lammas Park with Charlotte Buckley from Thames Valley Harriers storming to overall victory in a time of 5:43. Oscar Jones from Clifton Lodge School was the fastest boy in 6:29.

The Corporate Challenge was incorporated into the main race, with corporate teams from Mercedes-Benz Brentford, National Grid, Kobalt, Ealing Council, Dunnhumby and Aston Rowe Estate Agents battling it out for the winning trophy.