17 Jan

Close Run Through Victoria Park

Victoria Park racesJust under 1,000 runners competed in the Victoria Park Half Marathon, 10k and 5k on Saturday (14 January) with most opting for the longer distances. The races were promoted by prolific event organisers, Run Through, in London's oldest public park.

The weather was kind after snow had fallen a few days earlier and conditions were good, although cold. Some 40,000 runners have registered for Run Through events to date but with a race limit of 1,000 imposed there was plenty of room for athletes of all abilities.
 
The half marathon went down to the wire with Simon Fraser (St Albans Striders, 1:18:46) prevailing by four seconds from Vincent Riviere (1:18:50). Phil Rudd (Serpentine, 1:19:02) crossed the line third but clearly got his start wrong as he had the fastest chip time (1:18:24).
 
Elisa Martin (1:23:27) dominated the women's race from Stephanie Crampin (1:27:30) and Gemma Carter (Serpentine, 1:29:10) – one of 60 athletes inside 90 minutes. There were 488 finishers under three hours.
 
The 10k race was almost as close as Matthew Richards (33:02) and Mark Moore (Serpentine, 33:11) battled all the way to the finish. Jessica Anderson (40:22) and Sigrid Ververken (41:40) were the leading ladies. The top 60 ran through under 45 minutes and 329 finished in 1:47:56.
 
The supporting 5k added a further 112 finishers in less than 50 minutes with Will Harding (18:06) and Madeline Shott, who was fourth overall in 21:13, showing a clean pair of heels to the opposition.
 
Full results and information on other events are available at the Run Through website.