Yesterday's (Sunday 30 April) inaugural Oswestry Half Marathon was a roaring success. Organised by UKRunChat Events, this is their second half marathon and joins the popular Shrewsbury Half as a ‘must do’ race for the Midlands running community and from further afield.
The course followed a memorable route through the Shropshire border town and featured sculptures that acted as mile markers and a testing hill between mile 6 and 7. The course gradually descended towards the finish with good opportunities for a sprint and a PB.
Deputy mayor Vince Hunt fired the cannon that sent 1,000 runners on their way from the British Ironworks Sculpture Park. The field was a mix of club and charity runners including Amy Hughes who had ran 53 marathons in 53 days and had set a new Guinness World Record for a seven-day treadmill challenge.
David Webb (Telford AC), running for Hope House, won the race in 1:10:16. Benjamin Jones of Steel City Striders was second in 1:19:22 with Scott Minshall coming third in 1:19:37.
Belle Ward won the women’s race in 1:27:58 followed by Nicola Davies of Maldwyn Harriers in 1:28:44. Abigail Glover-Davies was third in 1:30:33.
Kate Millard was the midpoint runner in 2:03:57 with the tenacious Kathy Ling of Wrekin Road Runners last home in 3:41:11.
One of the highlights of this race was the ‘bling’ – the unique gorilla medal specially created by the British Ironworks Centre and based on their celebrated Spoon Gorilla sculpture. All finishers received this medal along with a technical T-shirt and goody bag before enjoying the activities on offer in the Athletes Village.
Photo courtesy of Mark Sobczak.