Matt Bowser was firmly in control at Sunday’s (1 October) Lincoln Half Marathon. His outstanding display of running resulted in victory for the second year in a row.
The 34-year old was first across the line in 1:10:46, exactly 5 minutes in front of Sean Fitzpatrick of Herne Hill Harriers who was second in 1:15:46. Adam Baker of Lincoln Wellington AC was third in 1:16:23, almost half a minute ahead of teammate Marc Thorpe who settled for fourth in 1:16:52.
Claire Cooney was equally impressive in the women’s race, taking first place in 1:32:09. Beth Wilmot of Tri-money.com finished over a minute behind in 1:33:21 with Rebecca Beasley of Kenilworth Runners third in 1:34:09.
Pete Phillipson was the midpoint runner in 2:08:27. The last runner crossed the line in 3:42:04.
Over 1,500 runners pounded the streets around the historic city of Lincoln, following a route that passed several landmarks including the Castle and the Cathedral. Many of the entrants were fundraising for worthy causes; this included several running on behalf of the official race charities Cancer Research UK and The Ethan Maull ‘Up Yours To Cancer’ Foundation.
Lincoln Half Marathon was organised by OSB Events who launched the race in 2016 to great success. This year’s event attracted runners from near and far who were helped in their endeavours by a team of pacers and many achieved PB’s thanks to their assistance.
Race director Iain Hamilton has invited runners back, saying: “Entries for the 2018 Lincoln Half Marathon will open soon and we are looking forward to seeing you next autumn.”