Runners fly to records at Run Gatwick
Hot going for 2,500 at British Airways Run Gatwick
The sun shone and 2,500 competitors simply flew around the course at the British Airways Run Gatwick races, promoted by Run Series, on Sunday (8 May). The addition of the brand new Gatwick 10K was welcomed and the programme now runs from the original Run Gatwick Half Marathon through to the Family Run, with 10K and 5K stepping stones on the way.
The new Race HQ at Gatwick Aviation Museum also received praise online where the only gripes were access to the car parking and a request for Race Director Dave Kelly to turn the thermostat down a few degrees next time!
The biggest field (1,328 finishers in 3:39:48) went for the half marathon where we can say that there was a new course record in the women's race. There were a couple of timing anomalies so we won't be publishing the full podium results as we might normally do until everything has been fully verified by race organisers.
The men's half marathon result was clearer with the first two podium places going to Neil Boniface (Crawley, 1:11:06), and Toby Meanwell (Lewes, 1:14:43). The third placed runner will be fully verified soon.
In our picture above, competitor Stephen Hatton (Lonely Goat, 2:50:15) has his spirits lifted by a supporter in the shade of Ifield Wood, near the aptly named Hillybarn Road.
The inaugural Gatwick 10K winners were Ayoub Saji (32:33) and Imogen Amos (Tonbridge, 36:09) while in the multi-award-winning Gatwick 5K the leading athletes were Ben Short (Personify Fitness, 15:53) and Stephanie Shaw (Crawley, 18:05).
The popular Family Run had 302 finishers and a female winner in Angelina Diacci (7:05) who was 14 seconds clear of Arthur Naish (Horley Harriers, 7:19).
Previous event reports and full results can be analysed via runABC South race listing here but do bear in mind that these are subject to that verification process.
Image courtesy Ian Mulcahy for Run Gatwick