Derby Half Marathon

2 months 2 weeks ago #3299 by Jan Forrester
Thanks Dan Ashcroft for a great report on Derby Half Marathon Race -The race, formerly known as the Ramathon, saw a contingent of runners from Matlock Athletic Club make the short journey down the A6 with hopes of PBs on a predominantly flat course. The race, which starts and finishes at the Pride Park Stadium, takes runners into the city centre passing the historic market place, the Cathedral and other landmarks including the charred Assembly Rooms and derelict former Debenhams site. The route then leads out of the city down London Road before turning into Elvaston Castle Country Park. The final three miles follow a trail path along the River Derwent and were particularly tough this year as the already warm temperatures started to rise with many an experienced club runner reduced to walking.At the business end Colin Davenport, the Club Captain, led the way for Matlock finishing a superb 9th overall in 1:18:22. He was followed by Paddy Wright 1:23:50 in 35th with a further five minute gap back to John Thorpe in 1:28:29 which was good enough for 74th and Simon Flitter in 1:31:38 (106th). James Fox improved on last year’s time clocking 1:31:50 to finish 113th and Ian Watson was not too far behind in 1:32:52 (127th). For the ladies, Hayley Gill had another fantastic result finishing in 1:34:50 to finish 2nd LV35 and 6th lady overall and Alaina Bond continued her fine form and was 29th with a solid 1:41:56. Carly Spear finished in 1:53:35 – (111th).Other MACs included Daniel Ashcroft (1:35:08 – 167th), Jason Turner (1:37:02 – 221st), Jack Cummins who recorded a PB and dipped under 1 hour 40 minutes for the first time (1:39:45 – 298th), father and son Jake and Andy Hodkin finishing together in 1:43:51 for 421st and 422nd place respectively, and a bold effort from John Brennan who was returning following a virus which had side-lined him for the best part of a fortnight (1:49:11 – 593rd).The winner was Steven Bayton (Hallamshire Harriers) in a time of 1:08:33 and first lady was Sally Walker (Tipton Harriers) in 1:31:15. There were 2,640 runners.

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