Here at runABC South we aim to inform and entertain runners of all ages and abilities but we do not usually claim to influence the really important decisions, such as what design works best for race medals. However, that was the case with the Maidstone Marathon and Half Marathon bling on Sunday (15 October).
Cameron Gets The Goat In Maidstone's Marathon
When Maidstone's Marathon returned to the county town of Kent last year after a gap of 23 years our report was headlined 'Maidstone's Mountain Marathon'. Race Director, James Lampert, took our reference to the rather testing nature of the course to heart and produced a bespoke medal that features a mountain goat! According to Wikipedia, mountain goats are natural mountaineers and may be considered the world's best climbers.
That talent was also evident in Sunday's 13th Maidstone marathon winner, Bradley Cameron (Thanet Roadrunners, 2:48:14). This was, remarkably, a PB by more than ten minutes for this relative newcomer who seemed unperturbed by the 2,500 feet of ascent on the two-lap route. Cameron was chased home by unattached runners Ross Henschen (3:01:49) and Fabrice Klein (3:03:20) who were both many minutes outside their best on this tough course.
Top three in the women's marathon were W35 Lilian Shilbeck (4:34:53), Abi Everett (4:47:33) and Sally Brennan (Vegan Runners, 4:52:32). There were 78 finishers in 6:07:58 with 27 of those completing the course inside four hours.
The marathon was supported by the 30th Maidstone Half Marathon, with 421 finishers in 3:37:43. First back to Cornwallis Academy was Tom Collins (Medway and Maidstone, 1:20:08) who also won this race on the old course in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013. Doing his best to prevent Collins' fifth victory was unattached Ed Peters (1:22:01) who was stronger down the hills and briefly led at six miles. Ross Brocklehurst (Eastbourne, 1:23:34) was third.
The women's champion was Liz Weeks (W35 Medway and Maidstone, 1:28:48) who - just like her club mate Collins - had competed in a good quality Kent cross country league race 24-hours earlier. W45 Cath Linney (1:36:08) and Antonia Skerritt (W35 Tonbridge, 1:37:56) completed the podium.
Full results and race information at runABC South race listings
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