London-based Serpentine RC has been awarded the prestigious Vitality North London Half Marathon running cub award, after a fantastic overall performance on Sunday 15 March. The award recognises the best overall club performance, combining the top two male and top two female fastest finishing times. Andy Greenleaf, Eve Bugler, Benn Thomas and Emma Williams finished with an overall time of 5:34:35, to win the club award, alongside £250 which they have kindly chosen to donate to MIND.
Andy Greenleaf said: "What a fantastic event the Vitality North London Half Marathon was! It was great to be a part of the inaugural run and, as first team winners, we are extremely pleased to be able to be able to support the charity MIND with a £250 donation!"
Jamie Warren, from the race organiser GO2, said: “Congratulations to all the Serpentine RC participants that took on the event! We recognise the importance of running clubs across all of our races, not only to help develop the events with our Club of the Year programme, but also to ensure we have a good calibre of professional and club athletes running on the day. Serpentine RC has set a great example of both team spirit, and competitive determination. We hope to see even more of them back again next year!”
Runners of the new race were treated to a unique 'stadium to stadium' experience, through the boroughs of Barnet and Brent. Starting and finishing at Allianz Park, home of Saracens Rugby Club, but also on a route through Wembley Stadium, with Mo Farah as the official race starter.
The race was won by Peter Limo in a time of 1:05:35, with Sammy Nyokaye taking second in 1:06:53, followed by Paul Martelletti in 1:08:14.
Pre-registration is now open for the 2016 race at the event website.