6,700 runners took part in the 13th Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon on Sunday (15 March). The annual race is a traditional preparation for the Virgin Money London Marathon and thousands will feel the benefit having conquered windy conditions at the UK’s premier race circuit.
In the men’s race William Mycroft of Cambridge and Coleridge AC was first across the finish line in a time of 1:10:59. The 24-year-old Mycroft said afterwards that it was the first time he’d raced the half-marathon distance, after targeting shorter races in the past. "It was a bit lonely and windy out there at times but it was fun,” he said. “I want to do the London Marathon in the next couple of years so this was a chance to test myself at a longer distance than I'm used to and I really enjoyed it.”
The first woman to finish was Hannah Turner of Harpenden Arrows in 1:24:12. Hannah was delighted to improve on her fourth-place finish at last year’s race. “I felt really great out there today and enjoyed good support from the crowds along the course. I knocked three minutes off my PB, and ran about a minute faster than I expected to, so I’m pleasantly surprised.” Turner is training for April’s Virgin Money London Marathon, where she is hoping to finish in under three hours.
Further back in the race, there were plenty of famous faces running alongside charity fundraisers and committed club runners. Former world champion and TV presenter Iwan Thomas finished in 1:37:16 while Laura Aikman, who is currently starring in the final series of the BBC’s Waterloo Road, completed the race in 1:49:31.
In the wheelchair races, there were victories for Team GB athletes David Weir and Jade Jones. Six-times Paralympic gold medallist Weir stormed home in 46:18 whilst Jones won in 64:52 as they both build towards the London Marathon, where Weir will be aiming for a record-breaking seventh victory.