A record breaking 3,566 runners - almost double the number of 2014 - completed Sunday’s Decathlon Coventry Half Marathon. Organisers were delighted with the massive upturn in popularity, with Jamie Warren, head of GO2 marketing, saying the firm had been 'astounded by the level of support shown'.
The race, which was started by Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Michael Hammon and Dancing on Ice star Daniel Whiston, saw Tom Doe take top place in a tight finish. The Lincoln Wellington AC member finished in a time of 1:10:20, with Hermitage Harriers’ Matt Adcock a close second in 1:10:37, and Dale Annable third in 1:10:41.
The women’s field was similarly competitive with Emma Styles of Hinckley Running Club securing first in 1:23:30, closely followed by Amanda Deavy in second (1:23:44) and Myshola Mirkham rounding off the top trio of performers.
In addition to the impressive turnout, Steven Brown, dressed as Forrest Gump, set a new record time for the fastest half marathon dressed as a film character. Brown dipped under the 1:40 mark, spurred, no doubt, by resounding cheers of 'Run Forrest, Run' throughout the course.
The half marathon started and finished in the prime position alongside Coventry Transport Museum, next to the race village, situated in Millennium Place. Runners then took a loop of the city centre on closed roads before heading out through Radford and on towards Allesley.
Jamie Warren continued: “People will take on a half marathon for many reasons, whether it be to get fit, raise money for charity, or remember a loved one, but it is the coming together of the whole community to embrace the positive impact that the event has on its city that really makes it stand out. Congratulations to everyone that took part and volunteered their time to make Decathlon Coventry’s Half Marathon a resounding success!”
Pre-registration for next year’s event is available here.