22 Aug

Coast And Carnival Events At The Weekend

Clacton Half Marathon medal

Last weekend we previewed three events held at traditional coastal resorts in the south. So, facing the rather changeable weather of this late summer period, how did runners fare in the chase for bling in Sunday's (20 August) races at Clacton-on-Sea, Torquay and the Isle of Wight?

Clacton-on-Sea Half Marathon and 10K was held as part of Clacton Carnival with 500 runners in action on the Essex seafront, an increase of 150 over last year. The flat, fast route produced some impressive times and the leading men were inside 80 minutes for the half marathon. 
Michael Stocks (M45 London Heathside, 1:19:28) led the way from Steven Parry (M50 Ipswich Jaffa, 1:19.59). Camilla Hermsen (W35 Harpenden Arrows, 1:29:01) was followed home by Kelly Clark (W35 Victoria Park, 1:34:39) in the women's race. The 10k race saw a comfortable double for Higham Harriers' Nathan Jones (36:31) and Rachel Doherty (40:48), whose pace took her to sixth overall.
The chance to compete 'overseas' in the Isle of Wight Half Marathon was taken by 350 runners and there were local winners in both team events, although raiders from the mainland took both individual awards. Despite the tough, hilly course Matt Sharp of Enfield and Haringey AC lived up to the promise of his surname by taking victory by almost four minutes in 1:11:37. He was followed by Isle of Wight AC brothers Joe and Tom Wade, who shared a relaxed 1:15:26. Tom's last outing was a win over 10,000 runners in Denmark's Aarhus Half Marathon (1:07:23) in June. 
The leading women back at Ryde Rowing Club were Londoner Olivia Partington (1:29:55), Charlie Metcalfe (W40 Ryde Harriers, 1:31:06) and Hannah Pullen (1:34:14) from Godalming. However, the greatest cheers were reserved for team winners Isle of Wight AC (men) and Ryde Harriers (women).
Finally, the Torbay Royal Regatta 10K winners were local favourite Robert Mann (Exeter Harriers, 34:09) and Ruby Orchard (W35 Cornwall AC, 41:02) as 580 completed the undulating course on spectacular Corbyn Head inside 1 hour 45 minutes.    
All the weekend race results are available at runABC South race listings in association with Sports Tours International. 
Image courtesy Clacton Half Marathon