A blisteringly fast run by David Webb helped him win the 2017 Shrewsbury Half Marathon on the hottest day of the year (Sunday 18 June). This follows his recent win at the Oswestry Half Marathon on 30 April.
Webb Master At Shrewsbury
The Telford AC runner was first across the line in 1:08:00; an impressive time considering the heat and the hills. Ben Cole of Tonbridge AC finished nearly three minutes behind him to take second in 1:10:55 followed by Daniel Desta of Swansea Harriers in 1:12:02.
It was the second win in a row for Belle Ward who was the fastest female in 1:31:09. She won the women’s race at the Oswestry Half Marathon and repeated that with victory at Shrewsbury. Harriette Page was second in 1:33:17 with Sophie Longmore of CLC Striders third in 1:33:42. The last runner crossed the line in 3:32:11.
This makes it double wins for Webb and Ward at two scenic half marathon organised by UKRunChat Events.
Over 1,300 runners completed the race in tough conditions including a long climb up Wyle Cop. The organisers took the heatwave into account and added a fourth water station at the 11-mile mark with more water and Lucozade at the finish. Local residents helped by turning hosepipes on the runners and handed out jelly beans to boost flagging energy levels.
Race director Joe Williams paid tribute to everyone involved, saying: “I would like to congratulate all those who crossed the finish line and thank all the runners, spectators and volunteers who made the day the success it was.”
Photo courtesy of Breathe Unity