22 Jun

Showtime At Shrewsbury Half

Runners sprint finish at Shrewsbury Half

The Shrewsbury Half Marathon proved it is in tip-top condition with runners tackling a tough yet scenic course. This 13.1-mile route included the infamous ‘Wyle Cop’ climb...

9am on Sunday (19 June) at the Shropshire showground is where 1,700 runners congregated for the start of the Nuffield Health Shrewsbury Half Marathon. It was the fourth outing for this race with new organisers UKRunChat at the helm and the event did not disappoint. 
 
The course was a mixture of town and country, from the ancient Shrewsbury castle and cathedral to the picturesque Shropshire countryside with water/gel stations situated at different points to keep the energy levels going. Those gels came in very useful after a hard slog up Wyle Cop, sapping the legs and the spirit before the field continued on its way through the countryside to finish at the 53-acre showground.  
 
Trophies and cash prizes to overall first, second and third placed male and female including a Uni-lite headtorch and voucher for a free meal at a local restaurant. Age category winners also received trophies. 
 
Brett Edwards of Shrewsbury AC won the 2016 Shrewsbury Half Marathon in 1:15:51. Teammates Peter Middleton and James Hickinbottom were second (1:16:10) and third (1:18:57). A clean sweep for Shrewsbury AC men.
 
Rachel Parker won the women’s race in 1:25:46 followed by Charlotte Jones of Oswestry Olympians in 1:30:02. Belle Ward took third place in 1:31:21. 
 
Amongst the hundreds taking part was Doug Richards, author of ‘Running Hot & Cold’ who recently won a silver trophy in the Books category at the prestigious Running Awards. The popular Redditch-based run leader completed the race in 2:09:49. 
 
Photo courtesy of Sussex Sport Photography (via UKRunChat).