With 800 finishers across the two main events, the inaugural staging of The Running Festival at Goodwood on Sunday (14 October) has been hailed a complete success by the organisers UK Run Events, the events channel of #UKRunChat.
The wet and incredibly windy conditions did not prevent many runners from burning rubber to personal bests on the famous old motor racing circuit. Fortunately there was scant detail regarding any pit stops made en route!
First to see the chequered flag, or at least to receive the motor race themed medal, was 10K winner Simon Gilbert (M40 Devizes RC, 35:15) who was accompanied by three other men with sub-40 minute race times: Paul Mitchinson (Victory AC, 36:24), Keith Schofield (M40 Hercules Wimbledon, 37:30) and Mark Salmon (39:11).
Formula 1 might not have any female racers at present but F1 position at Goodwood was occupied by Naouele McHugh (Portsmouth Joggers, 44:15) who was joined in the champagne spraying positions by Hannah Jordan (Devizes RC, 45:41) and Emma Wickens (W45, 46:34).
Next on track was the endurance racers in the half marathon, covering five and a half laps of the historic venue. Hopes for a grandstand battle were dashed early on as prolific race winner James Baker (M40 Chichester Runners, 1:14:14) forged a three minute margin of victory from Chichester team mate Chris Bird (1:17:12) and Matthew Dennis (Tonbridge AC, 1:18:39).
The ladies race was a much closer contest with Juliet Stallard (W40 Bognor Regis Runners, 1:35:04) finishing a mere 30 seconds clear of Abby Ross (W40, 1:35:34). Cristina Wurgler (1:37:28) completed the rostrum as 251 closed in 3:17:38.
All finishers at Goodwood received the bespoke medal, a Ronhill technical souvenir T-shirt, post race massage, free race photos and a goody bag stuffed with treats.
The RNLI was the official charity for the event and post race social media comments were positive, prompting this response from @UKRunEvents
on Twitter: “A HUGE thanks to everyone today who ran, volunteered, worked, supported, cheered & made today such an amazing day for everyone involved. Weather was challenging! So much love on social, we love you all”.
Main image courtesy Ben Lumley Photography