It's not very often that someone wins any race by around a mile but that is what happened in the supporting 10K at the Windsor Winter Half Marathon event at scenic Dorney Lake on Sunday (22 January).
Liam Wilson was the athlete on a mission as he raced to victory in 33:54, crossing the finish line just as Mark Stephenson (40:33) and Paul Regan (41:04) were entering the final mile of their 10k. The leading woman, with a personal best, was Emma Navesy (Haywards Heath, 43:05) followed by Emily Chalkley (Farnham Tri, 45:49) and Sarah Rounding (Serpentine, 46:57).
This popular F3 Events race series attracted 550 runners to the fabulous British Olympic rowing venue for a guaranteed flat and fast course. There were four supporting distances but the main event was the tenth Windsor Winter Half Marathon, with 322 finishers in 3:45:11.
Making the most of the good conditions over 13.1 miles were leading men David Bell (1:09:44), Tom Jervis (Warrington, 1:12:08) and Chris Roxburgh (Avon Valley) and Gary McNamara, who shared 1:15:22. Katie Judd (Serpentine, 1:26:19) enjoyed a PB to lead the women's race from team mate Megan Roberts (1:30:24) and Kate Davies (1:33:29).
The remaining distances on offer were 5k, 15k and 20k events that were designated as fun runs. The winners, in order of escalating distance, were Andy Gray (19:31) and Jo Johnson (RAF Tri, 20:47); Stuart MacDougall (54:27) and Katharine Whittingham (1:23:17) and Tim Cox (1:24:13) and Melanie Tudor (1:36:09).
There are further half marathons organised by F3 Events at this venue each month until May and the race website states: “Our mission is to organise, deliver and provide first class sporting events along the Thames Valley to aspiring athletes from complete beginners to elites”.
Take a look at the event website here for full details of these and other themed events.