27 Oct

Thrills And Spills At Stroud

T-shirt and medal from Stroud Half
There was a moment of high drama at Stroud Half Marathon on Sunday (23 October) with the third place finisher almost losing his place on the podium. Stephen Price of UKnetrunner was in third place and only yards from the finish when he tripped on railings as he stopped to kiss his four-year old daughter. He quickly regained his feet to hold onto third place, crossing the finish line in 1:13:06.
Pride of place went to David Bell of Cirencester AC first in 1:10:09. Alastair Campbell of host club Stroud & District AC took second place in 1:11:15.
Annabel Granger of Bristol & West AC won the women’s race in 1:21:01 followed by Serane Stone of Tiverton Harriers in 1:21:17. Shona Crombie-Hicks of Cheltenham & County Harriers was third in 1:24:21. 
Midpoint runner was David Barnett of Stroud Valleys Running Club in 1:53:04. 
They were amongst a field of nearly 1,400 runners who tackled a slightly undulating but fast road half marathon that started from Marlings School, Stroud. 
This was the 35th outing for this annual event that had sold out days beforehand and is considered one of the longest established half marathons in the UK. It was jointly organised between Stroud & District AC and Total Buzz Events with Allsorts Gloucestershire as the official charity partnert. 
It was another successful event with the organisers keen to express their gratitude to all those involved. In addition, there was a vote of thanks to local residents and businesses for their patience due to road closures and the subsequent disruption. 
Photo courtesy of Total Buzz Events.