3 Dec

Winter warmer at Nottingham Xmas Marathon & 10K

Foggy Running At Nottingham Christmas Marathon And 10K

Freezing fog and icy temperatures kept runners on their toes (if they could feel them!) at Saturday’s (30 November) Nottingham Christmas Marathon & 10K. The first day of this festive multi-lap weekender was cold but gold for many.   

The 10K was a new addition to this two-day event, joining the Marathon on Saturday in what were bitter weather conditions. Quite a few runners were muffled up to their eyes as they completed two laps (10K) or 8 and bit laps (Marathon) around the Regatta Lake at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham. 
Sunday saw the Half Marathon, 5K and 1 Mile Fun with both days organised by Time2Run Events UK who ensured there was a race for every person irrespective of age or ability. They were held on a flat tarmac course that included a feed station and stalwart marshals braved the cold as they applauded everyone’s efforts. A team of pacers helped those targeting a PB.
In the Marathon, there was a first class win by James Ford of Loughborough Students AC in 2:42:34. Ben Harris of Retford AC was second in 2:44:14 and Johanna Oregan of St Neots Riverside Runners third in 2:45:20. She was the winner in the women’s race beating teammate Caroline Brooks who finished second female in 2:49:29. Virginia Silio of VPHTH AC came third in 3:13:45.
There was only one second separating first and second in the 10K. Euan Wilson edged it in 33:05 with Will Bowran of St Albans AC second in 33:06. Johanna Gurney squeaked through to take third in 34:22. 
In a complete contrast...it was dry and bright at Sunday's event... 
Image courtesy of Mick Hall Photos.