The inaugural Surrey Half Marathon took place on Sunday (9 March) and saw over 4000 runners complete the course from Guildford Spectrum to Woking town centre and back. The event saw a series of impressive performances from the elite field, with Nicholas Kirui taking top place in 1:03:19.
Competitors were treated to bright, sunny and cool conditions as they made their way on closed roadsthgrough Burpham, Jacobs Well, along New Inn Lane, past Woking FC, into and around Woking town centre and back to Guildford.
Kirui was closely followed by his fellow Kenyan, Boniface Kongin (1:03:31), with Belgrave Harriers’ Phil Wicks in third place. Perendis Lekapana led the female field home in 1:13:30, with Linah Cherop second (1:14:50) and Gladys Kyambai in third (1:15:03).
V40 runner Robert Dunne took the midpoint place in 1:57:08 and the field closed on 3:58:12.
Race director Toby Jenkins said: The event was fantastic, a huge success. We’ve seen some great talent, some really fast runners, with everyone including club runners, charity athletes, runners taking part in their first half marathon, and all the kids having a great run.”
With the race alternating between start and finish points, next year’s race will begin in Woking. Entries for the 2015 event, organised for 8 March, are already open with an early bird entry price set. More information is available on the Surrey Half website.