Thousands of spectators flocked to Windsor Great Park yesterday (Sunday 28 September) to cheer over 4,000 finishers at the 32nd running of the Windsor Half Marathon. The weather was unseasonably hot so more fun for the large crowd than the early afternoon runners. Compensation for the participants came in the shape of one of the most picturesque courses in the world, set in stunning surroundings and with amazing views of Windsor Castle.
Kojo Kyereme of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers is a previous winner of the Windsor Half but on this occasion he found one too good for him in the shape of Paul Martelletti (Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC) who extended his lead in the later stages to finish in 1:08:45. Kyereme was second in 1:14:21 and Nicholas Handley third (1:18:15).
Samantha Amend of Belgrave Harriers (pictured), the current leader of the runbritain Grand Prix 2014 rankings, dominated the women’s field to win in a time of 1:22:00 and achieve an excellent 7th overall place. Runner up was Nicki Aitken (Reading Road Runners) in 1:27:59 with Sandra Reynolds (Chiltern Harriers) third in 1:34:34.
The mid-point runner was Yenny Franco De Hurtta on 2:14:53 and the field closed on 4:10:37. Full results are available at southernrunningguide.com.
Other happenings on race day included the 2.5 mile Glynn Shefford Memorial Run where Tom Ralton (U15) was the fastest male runner in 12:26 and Grace Hudson (U13), overall second, the fastest female in a time of 13:32. The Sprite Sprint saw five to nine year-olds running 40 yards.
Race director Peter Hier commented: “The Windsor Half Marathon is one of the most prestigious races on the running calendar, and we are proud to have delivered another excellent race in Windsor Great Park. We had runners from many countries take part, including Australia, New Zealand, USA, Norway, France, Norway and Italy, giving the event a real international flair.
“I would like to express a big thank you to everyone who continues to support the original Windsor Half Marathon, including our sponsors, marshals, volunteers, St John Ambulance and the official charities. A particular thank you also goes to ATC 862 Squadron, Bears Rail Campsite, 7th Windsor Scouts, 5th Windsor Scouts and 1st Datchet Sea Scouts for their help with the event.”
Official charities of the Windsor Half Marathon 2014 included Scope, Clic Sargent and Cancer Research UK, and Nike was the main sponsor of the race.
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