Spring arrived early in the Midlands on Sunday (28 February) as over 4,200 runners enjoyed bright and crisp conditions at the Decathlon Coventry's Half Marathon. Anticipation for the race was high with the event recording its first ever sell-out and the half lived up to expectations with local Olympian Dave Long and Michael McCann from local charity partner Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice sending the field on their way.
The race saw runners start and finish in the prime position alongside Coventry Transport Museum, next to the race village in Millennium Place. Runners then took a loop of the city centre on closed roads before heading out through Radford and on towards Allesley.
Holmfirth Harriers’ Peter Brookes led the field home in a time of 1:08:40, closely followed by Notts AC’s Dale Annable, with Thomas Quirk in third place (1:11:52). Charnwood AC’s Garance Blaut secured first place in the women’s competition in 1:21:01, with Kate Wright second (1:22:04) and Nicki Nealon third (1:23:07). Midpoint in the field was Martina Voisey in1:56:55, while the last runner came home in 3:52:05.
GO2's Jamie Warren commented: "We are delighted with the performances put on by all our runners, volunteers, supporters and partners at today’s event, who all contributed to the electric atmosphere felt in the heart of the city and out on course!”
Pre-registration for the 2017 event is now available; more information is available here.