Worthing RUNFEST medals 2023

You Just Can't Lick It!

Two thousand runners enjoyed a running festival in Worthing

The ice cream-themed medals went down a treat with the 1,984 finishers at Worthing RUNFEST on Sunday 30 April 2023. There were three races on the card at this popular running festival in the Victorian seaside resort in Sussex, where the action started and finished close to the famous pier that was first opened to the public more than 160 years ago on 12 April 1862.

The seafront atmosphere was fully embraced by the RUNFEST organisers, with dancing seagull mascots motivating and interacting with the runners out on the course.

The main event was the traditional Worthing Half Marathon held on a revised course on fully closed roads with just 37 metres of elevation gained in the 13.1 miles, justifying the claim to be flat and fast.

Simon Heath (Brighton Phoenix) ran away with the Worthing Gift Card prize provided by Worthing Town Centre Initiative in a blistering 1:08:25. The runners-up awards went to M50 Karl Spielmann (Marlow Striders, 1:15:14) and Owen Knight (Brighton Phoenix, 1:15:17).

Worthing & District Harriers were delighted to see a clean sweep of the women's podium by the local club's veterans Amelia Brown (W40, 1:24:02), Tracy Thomas (W35, 1:24:09) and Emma Footman (W40, 1:25:47).

There were 1,110 finishers in the half marathon in 3:27:51 and a further 713 opted for half the distance in the Worthing RUNFEST 10K, won by Mark Burchett (Worthing, 35:54) and third-placed overall Kate Natkiel (Brighton Phoenix, 36:15).

Worthing RUNFEST also features a Family Mile that is free to enter for charity runners. The fastest times were 6:59 by Mason Kingston-Verner and 7:22 by Emlyn Evans. Worthing’s leading social care charity, Guild Care, was set to benefit from the fundraising in this event.

The RUNFEST roadshow now rolls on to Richmond RUNFEST on the weekend of 9-10 September, where the popular half marathon is already 75% full. The dates have also been announced for Kew The Run 2024 – Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March.

Visit runABC South race listing for all the Worthing RUNFEST results.

Visit the official RUNFEST website for future events here.

Image courtesy Worthing RUNFEST on Facebook

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