Nearly 4,000 runners took part in the Surrey Half Marathon and kids’ race on Sunday in what was the second edition of the event which launched last year. Setting off from Woking Leisure Centre on a glorious spring day, the throng wound round the surrounding areas supported by a healthy crowd.
The race was won by Sammy Nyokaye in a speedy 1:02:41, outsprinting fellow Kenyan Peter Limo just two seconds adrift. Third place and first Brit was Paul Martelletti in 1:08:44.
The women’s race was won by Mercyline Ondieki in 1:15:12, Lucie Custance was a close second just 12 seconds further back with Jennifer McBain coming third in 1:21:35.
Prizes were awarded by Olympic 400m silver medallist runner and local resident Roger Black. Harry Hyde was the first to cross the line in the kids’ race. Funds were raised for the Surrey Half Marathon’s four key charity partners, Woking Sam Beare, WWF, Harrison’s Fund and Shooting Star CHASE, as well as a number of other worthy causes.
Councillor Tony Branagan, the mayor of Woking, saw the runners off saying: “It’s a great to see the community taking part in exercise and what a glorious day for it.” Race director Toby Jenkins said: “We hope everyone has had a fantastic day at Surrey Half Marathon. We would like to thank all of our event sponsors and the hard working volunteers, without whom none of this would be possible.”