Runners socially distancing at the start of the Worcester Marathon and Half MarathonImage: courtesy of Tempo Events

Back in action at the Worcester Marathon & Half

The 10th outing for this popular Midlands event.

Nearly 400 runners took on the undulating course at Sunday’s (16 May) Worcester Marathon & Half Marathon as races begin to return. The socially distanced start was like a well oiled machine.

Organisers Tempo Events were thrilled to be able to host the 2021 Worcester Marathon & Half Marathon after last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic. The help and advice from Worcester Warriors, Wychavon District Council and British Waterways enabled it go ahead with Hewitt Recruitment the headline sponsor. St Richard’s Hospice was the charity partner. 

This month’s weather has been unseasonably cold, wet and windy but Mother Nature was in a good mood on Sunday with conditions remaining dry throughout. There was flooding on a part of the course at miles 9 and 21 but nothing else and everyone was happy to be racing once more and were kept safe thanks to the volunteers. 

Runners were allocated to pens based upon their predicted finishing time before being led out to the start where they stood in a socially distant correct order before setting at 9.30am. They ran two loops in the marathon or one loop for the half on undulating roads and the cheerful, supportive volunteers encouraged them to the finish at the rugby club. 

Tomasz Pokorniecki won the Marathon in 2:56:32. Gemma Mallett of Croft Ambrey RC was the winning female in 3:15:14. 

In the Half Marathon, Ben Kruze of Midland Masters AC was the winner in 1:12:54. Hannah Welling was the women’s winner in 1:30:26. 

A full set of results is available via the RunABC Race Listings page. 

Tempo Events are launching a new ‘quad challenge’ this summer, the details of which can be found on their website.   

Image courtesy of Tempo Events.

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