30 Jun

Record Field At Torbay

Big Field In Torbay

A record field took to the streets for the Torbay Half Marathon on Sunday 29 June. There were 1730 finishers in warm conditions which perhaps suited spectators more than runners.

Supporters appeared in their thousands on the course which stretched along the south Devon coast from Paignton to Torquay, taking in the traffic-free coastal road.

The race was dominated at the front end by Kenyans Peter Emase and Boniface Kongin with the former prevailing in a sprint finish in 1:05:38. The top three was completed by Commonwealth Games-bound Steve Way in 1:07:49.

The leading lady was Gladys Yator in 1:17:14. The midpoint finisher was Stephanie Shute in 2:00:39. One black spot on an otherwise great day for the race organisers was the failure of the chip-timing equipment. So all recorded times are from the gun to start the race, robbing some runners of possible PBs.