A heaven-sent team of Race Angels guided runners towards the finish at Sunday's (7 May) North Lincolnshire Half Marathon. The group made for an eye-catching and welcome sight in bright pink T-shirts and wings.
The altruistic Angels were members of not-for-profit athletics network Fitmums & Friends, which organises run/walk/cycle/buggy sessions across the UK with the emphasis on getting fit in a friendly, supportive environment. Their sessions are open to juniors as well as adults and based upon a ‘shepherding’ system that ensures everyone stays together, irrespective of ability. The Race Angels helped runners along the last mile towards the finish, providing support and encouragement at all times.
They remained throughout the race and didn’t leave until the last runner had crossed the line. Participants appreciated their hard work and selflessness, as well as the work of the pacers who helped many achieve a PB.
Mohammed Ahmed led the field early on and was first across the line in 1:07:31. Aaron Scott was second in 1:11:05 with John Hobbs of Valley Striders AC third in 1:12:30.
Natalie Burns of Lincoln Wellington AC won the women’s race in 1:19:54. Philippa Taylor was second in 1:24:45 with Sophie Darling of Lincoln Wellington AC third in 1:25:35.
One of several events organised by Tape2Tape, the half marathon and relay is suitable for novices as well as experienced runners. It was held on a fast, flat course which included, for the first time ever, a one-lap finish inside the Quibell Park Athletics Stadium.