Time waited for no man or woman on Saturday 19 August at the inaugural Erewash Half Marathon when a field of 150 raced against the clock at this point to point race in the East Midlands.
Erewash Half Marathon was one of two events taking place at Long Eaton in Nottingham with the second, a sprint triathlon, held on Sunday. Both events were organised by Stuweb in conjunction with Erewash Borough Council, and open to novices and experienced athletes alike.
The half marathon based itself on a ‘time trial’ format and used seeded waves to group runners according to previous race times and pacing before setting them off at intervals. This method is used at the Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon and ensures everyone has a safe and enjoyable race.
Rob Carmichael was first across the line in 1:21:20 followed by Stefan Kozlowski in 1:22:59. Ashley Buxton was third in 1:23:02.
Elite athlete Julie Warner won the women’s race in 1:24:08 and was fourth overall. Martha Hanby of Nene Valley Harriers came second in 1:25:05 with Sophie Eadsforth of Beeston AC third in 1:35:23.
The last runner crossed the line in 3:27:16.
Runners followed a flat route on quiet canal towpaths and park trails that started at Langley Mill and finished at West Park Leisure Centre. There were drinks stations every three miles keeping everyone’s hydration levels topped up and post-race refreshments and massages at the leisure centre.