Athens Olympic 800m and 1500m champion, Dame Kelly Holmes, got the 2016 Run Reigate Half Marathon up and running as 2,000 runners set off on their 13.1 mile journey through the rural Surrey countryside on Sunday (18 September). A further 950 ran the supporting 10k and nearly 1,100 competed in the Canon Kids Races in a hugely successful festival of running based at picturesque Priory Park.
The 2016 Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon champion was Paul Rogers in 1:13:04, followed by Chris Ashford (1:13:24) and George Roux (1:16:17). The women’s trophies went to Fiona de Mauny (1:25:20), Carole Penlington (1:25:53) and Marta Cecconi (1:29:16).
More than 100 runners maintained better than 7:00min/mile pace despite the undulating route, with a net gain of 148 metres. Around 1,000 runners were home inside two hours and Kate Knight (3:51:10) was the final athlete to be cheered across the finish line by the vociferous crowd in Priory Park.
All competitors were treated to a fully closed road course, expert pacing by the Xempo team, a warm-up with British Military Fitness, live music and a quality technical Tshirt and medal at the finish.
The 10k runners enjoyed the same big race experience but less time to enjoy the scenery out on the course. Paul Prothero (34:28) led the charge from James Share (34:49) and Andy Salmon (35:29). The women’s race was the best of the day as Sarah Mitchell (40:21) just held off Megan Wilson (40:25), with Hannah Robbie (40:55) third.
Photo courtesy Run Reigate