The further they ran the more they loved it
Kempton Running Festival is a hit with 500 runners in the inaugural event
There were 500 runners in the Kempton Park Festival races on Sunday (29 May) and the further they ran the more they loved it, judging by the finishers in the 10K, half and full marathon on the race card at this brand new collaboration by RUNFEST EVENTS and Quicksilver Running.
Surrey's famous home of horse racing was converted into a road runner's dream with three flat and fast events that all saw the top woman finish in the top ten overall.
First to come under starter's orders were the 10K competitors on the 'multi-terrain lite' course that was 95% on the tarmac, with a few hard-packed gravel paths. Harry Smith, of Bournemouth AC, set a terrific pace and was able to canter to victory in a swift 31:21. Harry was later joined on the podium by James Willingham (M45 Orpington, 34:03) and George Scott (Highgate Harriers, 34:20).
First of those top ten finishing females was W55 Elspeth Turner (Horsham Blue Star, 38:19) followed by Helen Pool (W45 Reading Road Runners, 41:48) and W55 Kay Noyce (Andover, 43:40). There were 139 finishers in 1:44:05.
The half marathon had exactly 150 finishers in 2:39:20 and the leading men were Michael O'Sullivan (Harrow, 1:17:39), David Vogwell (M40 Sandhurst, 1:19:19) and Robbie Urquart (1:19:31). The women's race saw Daisy Baker (1:22:52) back in the paddock in fifth place overall, with Imogen Mackie (Belgrave Harriers, 1:25:53) and W40 Hayley Winters (Gloucester AC, 1:27:52) also in the top ten.
The marathon runners had four laps to complete and this was the most popular distance, with 161 finishers in 6:14:22. Threading his way to claim the winner's rosette was Will Howells (Kettering Town Harriers, 2:43:37) from Joseph Clark (Hercules Wimbledon, 2:49:47) and Iain Meager (2:50:42).
This time it was South African W40 Lindy-Lee Folscher (Epsom Oddballs, 2:57:31) in eighth place who took the top women's award from W50 Annabelle Stearns (Gravesend RR, 3:03:18) and Antionette Kyriacou (Jersey, 3:10:17).
The full results of all three races can be viewed via runABC South race listing here
Image from the 2021 test event courtesy RUNFEST EVENTS