Karl Welborn kept his cool to win Sunday’s (2 July) Compton Verney Half Marathon in Warwickshire. His victory rounded off a successful weekend for the Tipton Harriers athlete.
The road race saw over 200 runners follow a scenic, hilly route through local villages before heading back to the finish in the grounds of Compton Verney
Welborn clocked 1:17:42, almost three and a half minutes ahead of Spa Striders’ Peter Soley in 1:21:19. Tom Fraser of Clapham Chasers took third place in 1:22:31. Welborn’s win comes hot on the heels of a second place finish in the Timberhonger 10K the day before, giving him another reason to celebrate.
Laura Pettifer of Kenilworth Runners stayed in control to win the women’s race in 1:32:41. Laura Peake of Spa Striders finished nearly three and a half minutes behind in 1:36:06. Peake’s teammate Kate Gadsby made up the podium in 1:37:07. The last runner crossed the line in 2:54:08.
Warm sunny weather and a ‘sting in the tail’, in the shape of Pittern Hill at 11.5 miles, were among the highlights of a well organised race by Tempo Events. The imposing Compton Verney – an 18th-century country mansion and park near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire – played host to the half marathon and 1K children’s fun run. The mansion is home to a renowned art gallery that is also a popular visitor attraction.
Four water stations took care of participants’ hydration needs along with ice lollies. There was also the opportunity to refuel via post-race refreshments in the Compton Verney Café.
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