Coventry Has Its Day!
It was an epic day of running for thousands at the weekend's Coventry Half...
Thousands of fun-runners, fundraisers and club runners came together at the weekend to take part in the Coventry Half Marathon. Starting on Gosford Street, the 13.1 mile route headed out into the nearby countryside and out towards Shakespeare’s County of Warwickshire, before finishing outside the steps of the stunning gothic Coventry Cathedral.
The race highlighted the incredible communities in and around the city, from the spectators, running clubs, volunteers, schools and universities; all corners of the city came out to show their support for the event.
A huge standout moment of the day; a group of runners from a local youth club, Rising Stars joined the masses of runners alongside Abubakar, a wheelchair-bound member of the club. The team pushed Abubakar around the course, with the aim to challenge stereotypes around disabilities while raising much-needed funds to create a better environment for all at Rising Stars Youth Club.
The first male across the finish line was Jason Bennett in a time of 1:10:05, followed by David Brewis who took second place in 1:10:24. James Drakeford took third place in 1:10:31. Claire Jacobs was the first female across the finish line in 1:16:43 followed by Emma Styles who clocked 1:18:51 for second spot and Rachel Gifford who took third in 1:19:14.
Commenting on the day, Tristan Batley-Kyle of Run For All said: “A huge congratulations to everyone who took part in today’s Coventry Half Marathon. We are delighted to be able to bring this much-loved event back to the city of Coventry.
“A truly spectacular day and an amazing atmosphere from start to finish, it was wonderful to see so many participants of all ages and abilities join us on the start line.
“Whether it to be fundraise for a special cause close to their heart or to chase a personal best, we hope that everyone who took part enjoyed the day.
“The enthusiasm and support from everyone involved, from the participants themselves to the many spectators, sponsors, partners and volunteers, all ensured the day was a fantastic success.”
If you'd like to know more visit the Run For All website.
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