23 Mar

Record Turnout At Stafford Half

Paul Little at Stafford Half

More than 3,500 runners took part in Stafford Half Marathon on Sunday 20 March. Starting at 10am from the town centre, this important race continues to attract runners from across the country.

The event incorporated a 1 mile fun run as well as the half and both races were popular with young and old alike. Fancy dress was the order of the day with a superhero theme for the fun run and a variety of outfits on display in the half marathon.
 
The carnival atmosphere continued with Alan Conlon and Laurie French from Bristol-based Circus Malabaristas entertaining the crowds as TV's 118 running duo.  
 
For many runners it was about taking part but for others the race was a way to remember someone and raise money for their chosen charity. This included a large group wearing 'Lucas the Brave' t-shirts who were running for Lucas' Legacy, a local charity set up to raise awareness of childhood brain tumours.
 
Hundreds of spectators gathered near the finish, in front of the town hall, applauding runners as they sprinted for the line. Paul Little of Droitwich AC was first over the line in 1:14:27 followed by the Cannock & Stafford AC pair of Chris Hollinshead (1:14:46) and Phil Wolfe (1:14:58).
 
Rebecca Harrison of Cheadle RC continued to impress, winning the women's race in 1:22:54 followed by Sarah Dauncey of Lichfield Running Club in 1:25:53 and Jane Bartholomew from Sparkhill Harriers in third with 1:28:42.      
 
Midpoint runner was Julie Clewlow from Stoke FIT with a time of 1:54:49. Last runner home in 3:29:54. 

Photo courtesy of Bryan Dale.