You could be forgiven for thinking our photo star had spent a bit too long in the sun on Sunday (1 July) but Ewan Paterson took a mere 1:38:30 to complete the Runthrough Richmond Park Half Marathon dressed as Super Mario.
It seems that Super Mario did not have quite enough power to defeat the entire 350 starters on a hot and sunny morning in Richmond Park but he did well enough to finish 11th overall as the top three positions were claimed by Stephen Iwanek (RAF, 1:24:15), Juan Casasbuenas (1:26:57) and M40 Christian Folliot (Southampton, 1:27:35).
The women's race saw W35 Caro Harper (Serpentine) a clear winner from Alex Kimmins (1:45:18) and Laura Whitehead (Herts Phoenix, 1:49:15).
It was no surprise the race was fully sold out given the fairly modest limit imposed to ensure minimum disruption to Richmond Park's usual fauna. Precisely 100 runners finished inside two hours – top running on an undulating course on a hot day – and the final finisher was just under four and a half hours.
Created by Charles I in the 17th century as a deer park, Richmond Park is the largest of London's Royal Parks covering an area of 2,500 acres – plenty of room for a half marathon.
The park is a National Nature Reserve and an important habitat for wildlife. More than 600 Red and Fallow deer have roamed freely there since 1637 and have played a major role in shaping the park's distinctive landscape.
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