Farnborough Winter Half medals

Fast times at Farnborough Half

Penguins fly at the home of British aviation

The penguin-themed Farnborough Winter Half was back to its traditional date on Sunday (23 January) after an unseasonal mid-July fixture last year due to the pandemic. Entries normally touch the 2,000 mark. They dropped to just under 800 last year but recovered to more than 1,200 this year, with terrific pace on display at the sharp end of the race.

Despite the chilly conditions, the top four were inside 65 minutes. Andrew Heyes (Hallamshire Harriers, 1:04:17) just got the better of Sean Chalmers (Inverness, 1:04:22 PB), Jonathan Glen (Inverclyde, 1:04:23 PB) and Joe Morwood (Aldershot, 1:04:53 PB) in a blanket finish for the podium places.

Philippa Bowden (Aldershot, 1:16:10) made the top 20 overall to win the women's race from W45 master Lesley Locks (Aldershot, 1:18:25) and ultra runner Carla Molinaro (Clapham Chasers, 1:19:25 PB).

There were 1,206 finishers in 3:17:42; 90 minutes was beaten by 191 runners and 800 were home inside two hours.

Farnborough Winter Half is promoted by 2:09 Events – the company run by former London Marathon winner Mike Gratton – and the course is a flat, fast loop around Farnborough Aerospace Centre and Farnborough Airfield.

The main race is supported by a 5K blast and the winner was UK international Steph Twell (Aldershot, 17:44) from Joe Pantony (19:26) and a cast of exactly 100 finishers in 1:54:30.

The full results and previous reports can be studied at runABC South race listing here

Image courtesy 2:09 Events on Facebook

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