The Vitality North London Half Marathon was back in Wembley Stadium for its hat trick third year on Sunday (12 March) with 5,785 finishers experiencing 'the greatest finish line in the world'. The runaway winners were Paul Whittaker (Southend, 1:08:55) and 24-year-old Maria Sagnes Wagan (Norway, 1:19:10), who set a personal best in her first race in UK.
The Wembley start and finish provides a glorious and inspiring backdrop to this fast and furious dash through North London streets and parks. The individual champion was chased home by Dean Lacy (Cambridge Harriers, 1:09:19) and Ola Berg Fines (Norway, 1:09:24). The women's rostrum was completed by Joanne McCandless (1:22:54) and Jessica Lowe (Clapham Pioneers, 1:27:13).
The course records of 1:02:41 (Josphat Kemei) and 1:14:49 (Teresiah Omosa) survived as the entire field finished inside four hours and nearly 200 runners cracked the 90 minute barrier.
A spokesperson for race organiser GO2, said: “After introducing the inner stadium finish line, going through Wembley, we have seen an increasing level of interest in the Vitality North London Marathon. Not only sports fans looking to soak up a taste of the big stage, but runners of all abilities looking for races with a little extra to keep them motivated along the way”.
Neville Koopowitz, CEO of Vitality added: “We are thrilled to see so many runners take part in today’s Vitality North London Half Marathon, it was a superb turnout and we can’t wait for our next event - the Vitality Reading Half Marathon on Sunday (19 March).”
In addition to the main race, over 450 primary school children ran their final mile as part of the Schools' Half Marathon Challenge, helping to raise money for local charity partners Noah’s Ark Children's Hospice and St Luke’s Hospice.