There were April showers at the Rutland Spring Half Marathon (8 April) but the medal and hugs at the finish made up for the rain and hills to produce a five star performance from a sold-out event.
This new half marathon was held at Rutland Water, one of the most stunning locations in the UK and a Nature Conservation Review site. The Reservoir and surrounding wetlands formed a backdrop to a tough but rewarding race on a well-signed and marshalled course.
The event was expertly delivered by the same team who organise the September Rutland Marathon and Half Marathon and on a part of the course familiar to runners who took part in the autumn marathon. They and Sunday’s half marathoners were given the opportunity of running a section of the route around Hambleton Peninsula, known for its views across the famous Reservoir.
At 10am a packed field of runners headed off from Barnsdale and followed an undulating course with feed stations every three miles and a cake buffet at the finish. The enthusiastic support from the marshals was appreciated by the entrants especially the congratulatory hug and a kiss from Rosemary Gutteridge as she handed out medals to every finisher.
Alexander Stonor won the inaugural Rutland Spring Half Marathon in 1:22:15. Paul Massingham of Stamford Striders was second in 1:24:47 with Graham Grewcock of Race Hub third in 1:25:27.
Sarah Fraser was the first female in 1:32:29 followed by Gaye Docherty in 1:39:05. Judith Rose of Rugby & Northampton AC was third in 1:43:40.
The last runner finished in 2:42:06.
For those wishing to return to Rutland they have a Marathon and a Half Marathon on the 16 September. Visit the website
for more details.