Nick Earl & Melissah Gibson power to victory in realbuzz Richmond Marathon
realbuzz Richmond RUNFEST weekend concluded with the Richmond RUNFEST Marathon and Half Marathon races drawing 3,500 runners to the world famous Royal Botanical Gardens for the mass start on Sunday morning (16 September).
Both the marathon and half courses thread their way through parts of Kew Gardens before following the Thames Path National Trail through Richmond, Ham and Kingston and finishing in Old Deer Park, Richmond.
The marathon produced an astonishing margin of victory for the powerful front running of marathon debutant Nick Earl (City of Norwich, 2:32:33), who was more than 15 minutes clear of Rupert Allison (2:48:07) and Adam Roberts (2:51:51).
The next nine finishers all breached three hours, including the women's champion Melissah Gibson (Ealing Eagles, 2:59:51), who retained her Richmond Marathon title just 24 hours after finishing third in the Kew Gardens 10K. Gibson (pictured above) was followed into Old Deer Park by Olga Klenovskaya (W40, 3:02:10) and Lizzy Totten (3:08:13).
Ollie Garrod (Epsom & Ewell Harriers, 1:10:42) held a narrow lead in the Richmond Half Marathon to cross the finish line 51 seconds ahead of David Hudson (1:11:33). Peter Lighting (1:16:50) completed the men's cash prize winners.
Top three in the women's half marathon were Phillipa Williams (Elswick Harriers, 1:21:53), Laura Trimble (W35, 1:23:06) and Lesley Locks (W40, 1:23:22). There were 856 finishers in the marathon in 6:39:16 and 2,608 completed the half distance in 5:31:06.
The weekend finished with the ever popular NIKE Family Mile and a great atmosphere in Old Deer Park at the free music and food festival with all adult race finishers able to relax with a free pint of ale.
Being the most sustainable event in its history, RUNFEST partnered with Lucozade to trial revolutionary product Ooho, gels encased in an edible and compostable outer layer; an exciting step forward to find plastic alternatives at mass-participation sporting events.
Richmond RUNFEST was created in 2013 as a London Olympics Legacy event and almost £2 million has been raised for charities and community projects in just six years. The seventh realbuzz.com Richmond RUNFEST will be held on 14-15 September, 2019.
Full results via runABC South race listing here
Image courtesy realbuzz Richmond RUNFEST