Sunshine, prosecco and a new course record were a few highlights of the Eden Hall Spa Newark Half Marathon on Sunday (13 August). There was no shortage of support either at the event, which featured nearly 1,300 runners from across the UK and overseas.
Hot conditions made for a challenging yet enjoyable race. More than 200 running clubs were represented with all entrants helped on their way by enthusiastic spectators and marshals who applauded from start to finish.
A notable feature of the race was the voluncheer station at the halfway mark, which amused and entertained in equal measure. Participants also appreciated the family cooling them with a hosepipe as they passed on their way to the finish at Sconce and Devon Park. Post-run there was the opportunity to rehydrate via Box & Bubbles mobile prosecco bar or at the race village.
Kevin Seaward of Cardiff AAC won the 2017 Newark Half Marathon in 1:04:51 and broke the previous course record by more than five minutes. Kevin was part of the Republic of Ireland team at the 2016 Rio Olympics where he competed in the marathon. Steve Bayton of Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield finished three minutes behind Seaward to come second in 1:07:52. Michael Kallenberg of Cardiff SAC was third in 1:08:14.
Another elite athlete, Julie Briscoe of Wakefield District Harriers and AC, was in commanding form in the race. She won in 1:21:38 with a gap of more than seven minutes between her and Gemma Hockett who came second in 1:28:54. Charlotte Wildblood completed the podium in 1:29:55.
The last two runners to finish completed the distance in army fatigues and backpacks to fundraise for Help For Heroes. They raised more than £1,000 for their efforts.
Photo courtesy Ben Livesey