The remnants of Storm Brian failed to stop over 1,400 runners from getting into their stride at Stroud Half Marathon yesterday (22 October) and spirits remained high despite gusty conditions at the 36th staging of the race.
Stroud Half Marathon is one of the oldest 13.1 mile races in the UK and attracts a good turnout every year due to the mainly flat course and location. It was jointly organised by Stroud & District AC and Total Buzz Events/Immortal Sport and started at 9am – an hour earlier than previous to improve runner safety whilst reducing any disruption to the local population.
The runners set off from Cainscross Road and headed towards Stonehouse, Standish and Whitminster before turning back towards the town centre to finish at Marling School. They were helped on their way by the powerful sounds of the Gloucester Brass Band and later on, the Stroud Rock Choir. Both of these entertained and encouraged the entrants in equal measures.
Philip Bridge of Wells City Harriers battled the winds to be first across the line in 1:09:41. David Bell of Cirencester AC was second in 1:10:03 with Alastair Campbell of host club Stroud & District AC coming third in 1:11:35.
Shona Crombie-Hicks of Cheltenham & County Harriers was equally undaunted by the weather to win the women’s race in 1:23:07. She was followed by Robyn Jackson of Dursley RC in 1:25:22, only eight seconds ahead of Tara Grosvenor who was third in 1:25:30.
The last runner came home in 3:18:34. A full set of results can be found on our race listings
Photo courtesy of Sarah Hawkins.