It was showtime for 740 finishers at Sunday’s (25 November) Clowne Half Marathon in Chesterfield. They ran for PB’s, cake and the famous race hoody.
Organised by Clowne Road Runners, the half marathon is part of the Derbyshire County Championship and a highly sought after race. Entries sold out on the 30 September – proof of its reputation as a well organised event with a hilly route, excellent marshals and home baking, not forgetting the hoody!
Entrants came from all parts of the UK including one lady who travelled over from France for the race. They set off at 9.30am from The Arc Leisure Centre along the same course used since 2016 apart from one small change at the 6 mile mark. The route was a mixture of open and closed roads and footpaths and there were plenty of enthusiastic marshals who encouraged runners at every point. One particular marshal clapped, cheered and high fived every runner as they reached the top of the hill at 10.5 miles.
Richard Start of North Derbyshire RC was the first to finish in 1:14:09 with Alan Ford of Barnsley Harriers second in 1:15:54. Nick Holland of Matlock AC came third in 1:16:04.
Rosie Haddock was the first female in 1:27:05 followed by Sian Evans of Steel City Striders in 1:28:42. Samantha Iliffe of North Derbyshire RC was third in 1:29:47.
The last runner finished in 3:07:44 and within the 3 hours 30 minutes cut-off.
Sombrero Printmaking designed the prizes for the race and Argent Catering provided the cakes at the finish. The green hoody was given a universal ‘thumbs up’.
Image courtesy of Clowne Half Marathon