Rebecca Harrison of Cheadle RC won the women’s race for the fifth time at Sunday’s Stafford Half Marathon (19 March). It was an impressive display by the Coles Therapy sponsored runner who crossed the line in 1:25:54. She finished nearly a minute ahead of Deborah Thomas of Trentham RC who tried to catch her but without success, coming second in 1:26:46. Sarah Lovewell of City of Stoke AC was third in 1:26:51.
There was also a top-flight performance by Jordan Weaver of Kent AC to break the tape in 1:10:33. With a gap of over two minutes between him and Oliver Harradence of Royal Sutton Coldfield AC who finished second in 1:12:37. Martin Williams of Tipton Harriers came third in 1:12:57.
Mat Gibbs was the midpoint runner in 1:59:25. The last runner finished in 3:26:44.
There were a record number of entries for this year’s event with a good mix of club and charity runners taking part. The race started at 10am from Stafford Street with everyone heading off from the town centre and into the surrounding area that included a couple of steep hills. They returned to the town centre and the finish in Market Square with plenty of support and encouragement from the waiting crowds.
All finishers received a technical T-shirt and a commemorative medal with free, Fairtrade bananas provided in the Market Square.
This was a well-organised race by Stafford Borough Council that originated in 1984 and since then has become a major event in the running calendar. Entries are now open for their other event, the Stafford 10K