After taking second place at Chester three weeks ago, Matt Adcock was a worthy winner at Sunday’s (26 October) Leicester Marathon. The 38-year-old headed a field of over 3,000 runners to take victory in a time of 2:35:15, with 51-year-old Kate Wright first in the female field.
The sold out event saw competitors start and finish at Victoria Park. Despite trailing at the half way mark, Hermitage Harriers’ Adcock picked up the pace to finish almost two minutes ahead of Preston Harriers’ Robert Affleck (2:36:58) and Adam Holland (2:40:23).
Adcock commented: “I’m absolutely delighted. I’ve got my girlfriend and daughter here, all my nieces and nephews. They have just started running, so I’m hoping that we are starting a bit of a family dynasty. I’m not a great runner, but I’m hoping I can inspire some of them to go on and do some great things.”
In the women’s competition, 51-year-old Kate Wright (3:07:42) secured a comprehensive win, coming in eight minutes ahead of Sarah Fraser (3:14:52) and Gill Hoole (3:15:29). Wright said she was happy with the way she approached the race: “It went really well. I took it steady at the start and it paid off,” said Wright. I’ll definitely be back to defend my title.”
Yared Hagos followed up his sixth place showing at the Cardiff Half to take a comfortably victory in the half marathon event. The Wallsend Harrier crossed the line in 67:32, with Anthony Woodward closest in 75:41, and George Curney third (78:20). Serpentine RC’s Victoria Carter headed the female half marathon field in 1:25:59.
Full results are available at midlandsrunningguide.com.