An outstanding run by Kim Fawke saw her win the women’s race at Sunday’s (24 March) Ironbridge Half Marathon. The infamous hill at 8 miles didn’t slow her down.
Runner up at last year’s race, Kim Fawke of Lawley RC went one better to become the first female in 1:21:54 – finishing nearly 9 minutes ahead of teammate Tracie Trueman who came second in 1:30:33. The gap was much closer between second and third places with Deborah Millington of Wrekin RR finishing in 1:30:44. Next stop for Kim Fawke is London Marathon on Sunday 28 April.
Paul Ward of Telford AC was the overall winner in 1:15:34 followed by Stephen Holdcroft of Dudley Kingswinford RC in 1:18:21. Ward’s teammate Thomas Foster was third in 1:18:34.
Around 900 runners took part in the 30th Denso Ironbridge Half Marathon, organised by Telford Harriers RC. Off they went at 10am from Telford Town Park and followed an undulating route that included the Silkin Way and Coalport before crossing the famous Iron Bridge. They faced a tough climb at mile 8 yet made it thanks to encouragement from the marshals. The runners went through Coalbrookdale then rejoined the Silkin Way and continued towards the finish in the Town Park.
The event was well organised with ample water stations and efficient volunteers who ensured any litter was quickly attended to. There was plenty of support from volunteers and the public and the weather played its part.
Many runners have vowed to return next year.