Yesterday (Sunday 4 Deptember) saw another successful showing for Northampton Half Marathon, with 600 runners taking a tour through the busy town followed by a jaunt in the quiet countryside.
Northampton is famous for its boot and shoe industry although the streets echoed to the sound of a very different footwear, that of hundreds of running shoes. This premier event in Northampton and the East Midlands, had greater involvement from local communities and charities this year. It is also the Half Marathon Championship for Northamptonshire and one of nine races in the Northants Road Running League, which all adds to its reputation as headline event.
More than 600 runners gathered at 9.30am at the Guildhall, following a loop around the town centre that includes the Shoemakers Museum and Theatre. They headed back towards the Guildhall then made their way out into the country before finishing in Delapre Country Park. The Grade II listed Delapre Abbey provided a fitting backdrop to the event, in keeping with its ancient origins.
Elliot Hind of Leighton Buzzard AC put his best foot forward to win the half marathon in 1:11:10. James Stringer of Wooton Road Runners was second in 1:16:28 with Matthew Crosse in third place in 1:17:17.
Lucy Franklin of Wooton Road Runners won the women’s race in 1:20:47, which along with the runner-up spot for her male teammate, made it a good day’s work for the club. Katie Godof was second in 1:26:36 with Kelly Barnett of Wellingborough & District AC coming third in 1:27:11.
All finishers received a unique bespoke medal and a technical T-shirt.