Sam Bartholomew paid a running tribute to the veteran’s mental health charity Combat Stress at Saturday’s (29 July) Summer Shakespeare event. His mark of respect was repeated more than once…
The medic at 42 Commando Royal Marines ran in full army kit and a backpack weighing 25 kilos (55lb) on behalf of Combat Stress who treat ex-servicemen and women suffering from mental health issues such as PTSD. Sam spoke highly about the charity saying: "It’s an amazing cause that provides lifesaving mental support for my friends and veterans."
He completed four and a bit laps in the half marathon to finish in 2:59:58 at this last summer event in the Shakespeare series, organised by Raceways.
The event consisted of three races - 5k, 10k and a half marathon plus a 1k fun run for kids. All of which took place on a flat tarmac course at Long Marston Airfield in Stratford-upon-Avon with runners completing one, two or four 5k laps depending upon their chosen distance.
In the 5k, Anderson Hirst of the Fell Runner’s Association (FRA) was first across the line in 19:28. Anne Cotton was first lady in 27:51.
Ben Plummer of Barrow Runners won the 10k in 36:42 with Laura Pettifer of Kenilworth Runners winning the women’s race in 42:24.
First place in the half marathon went to Peter Middleton of Shrewsbury AC in 1:17:28. Sophie Carter of Belgrave Harriers was the fastest female in 1:28:03.
There were a record number of entries in all races and a good turnout in the fun run with all profits donated to Warwickshire-based charity Kids Run Free.