Bosworth conjures up images of the War of The Roses between the houses of York and Lancaster – in particular the Battle of Bosworth Field. So it was fitting that there was a war of attrition at the Bosworth Half Marathon on Sunday (14 May), with Michael Coltherd and Stuart Spencer fighting for first place.
Running Battle At Bosworth
Coltherd emerged victorious, adding to his recent tally of wins at Loughborough and Leicester. The Trafford AC runner was first across the line in 1:10:29, only four seconds ahead of defending champion Spencer of Barrow Runners, who finished in 1:10:33. Spencer was looking for his fifth consecutive win to equal Mark Powell’s record from 2008 to 2012, but Coltherd had other ideas. Chris Nicoll of Derby Triathlon Club was third in 1:16:56.
Defending ladies champion Nicki Nealon of Huncote Harriers retained her title, winning the women’s race in 1:29:31 and making it five wins to her credit. Catherine Hutton was second in 1:30:12 with Katie Lomas of Charnwood AC coming third in 1:30:26. The last runner crossed the line in 3:09:03.
Many runners were engaged in their own personal battles. Neil Byford of Beeston AC had unfinished business here after collapsing with heat exhaustion during last year’s race. He crossed the line in 1:30:45 and received a hug from the race organiser in recognition of his efforts. Paul Hadland of Nuneaton Harriers ran in memory of his wife Jane who passed away in the early part of last week and finished in 2:01:01.
Prior to the start of the race, there was a minute’s round of applause for Paul Hadland and for KEEPTHEBEAT charity photographer Martyn Rice, who passed away suddenly in the early hours of Sunday morning. Martyn Rice was a keen supporter of the charity, working tirelessly on its behalf and made a lasting impression.
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Photo courtesy of Bosworth Half Marathon