Thousands coast to glory at Bournemouth Marathon Festival
Runners enjoyed good conditions at yesterday's Bournemouth Marathon, the feature event at the multi-race weekend festival which attracted 15,000 entrants in total.
Marathon runners got underway at 10am from King's Park under brilliant blue skies. Post-race the winner of the men's race Iain Trickett of Dorset Doddlers said: "It feels great to take the win; I knew there was going to be some good competition.
"Temperature-wise it was pretty much perfect the sun was out but it wasn’t too hot. The support was awesome, there aren’t many events on this scale where you have so many people out cheering you on and giving you high fives along the route, so I really enjoyed it.”
Iain was joined on the podium by Richard McDowell and David Hudson who finished on 2:26:49 and 2:30:40.
The female race was won by Sarah Hill of Farnham Runners in a time of 2:55:42. At the finish line, she said: “It feels fantastic to win, I wasn’t expecting that at all. The route was lovely, I forget how beautiful Bournemouth is! I was leading from mile two so it was hard work, but the support was amazing out there and it really drove me on.”
Taking the second and third podium spots were Juliet Champion (3:01:21) and Becky Atkinson (3:01:37 seconds).
Sean Doran completed an incredible four events at this year's festival, taking on the Supernova 5K and Supersonic 10K on Saturday, and the Half Marathon and Marathon on Sunday. He was raising funds for Asthma UK. You can read more and donate at Sean's Just Giving page.
The Half Marathon saw Alex Van Tuyl of Clapham Chasers take the win in 1:10:14 ahead of Richard Waldron (1:10:35) and Sean Hogan (1:10:48). Afterwards, Alex said: “That was a personal best by two minutes so I’m really pleased! Richard (Waldron) was in front for most of the race and I managed to overtake him on the final stretch along the pier. I loved the course and the event, it was really well organised.”
Alissa Ellis of Hailsham Harriers was the first female home in a time of 1:24:32. She was delighted after her win: “I did not expect to win today, and this was a big personal best for me. I am training for a marathon so today has given me a lot of confidence. I loved the event, it was really well supported and well organised”. Lucy Barnes (1:25:47) finished second and Alex Lane (1:26:40) third.
Bournemouth Marathon Festival started with a bang on Saturday with the four junior races before Dave Clark and Lara Atkinson took the Supernova 5K titles. David Long and Bethan Francis were fastest in the 10K.
Image courtesy Stuart March Photography.
Full results for all Bournemouth Marathon Festival events at runABC South race listing page.