Runners and volunteers alike enjoyed the balmy weather, at least by Long Marston Airfield standards, for the Spring Shakespeare.
First runner back was the 5km winner Philip Harrison of Edinburg Triathletes in 17:32, followed 10 seconds later by Gregor Kelling of Banbury Harriers AC with Jorge Sanchez of Solihull in third place with a time of 18:50. The women’s race was not so close. Fastest was Jill Pittard of Northbrook AC in 21:32 with Toni Gaskins of DO3 second in 23:036 and Rachel Edwards third in 24:02. Other notable results were 8 year old Jefferson Tear who was 17th in 29:02 and seven year olds Marjieka Tear, 12th female, in 30:02 and Arwen Fogarty who finished in 37:02
In the 10km, Richard Hayes of Penistone FR &AC was fastest in 36:05 while Matt Johnson of Hinkley RC just pipped Jason Brotherhood of Coventry Godiva for second place with times of 36:42 and 36:46 respectively. The fastest woman was Gail Audhali of Kenilworth Runners with a time of 44:08. Laura Foster of Kings Heath RC followed her home in 44:37 and Lucy Garrod of Witney Road Runners came in third in 45:48.
We were very pleased to welcome Stefan Couture and his daughter Chloe to the 10km race. Stefan propelled Chloe around the two laps in her wheel chair 54:29. Their story is an inspiring one, competing in various events including open water triathlons. You can read more about them in this article from Triathlon Plus.
The half marathon was very close. Jonathan Winkler of BRAT came in first in 1:21:07 just beating Carl Sommer of Hermitage Harriers by three seconds. Paul Joliffe of Kings Heath RC came in third in 1:21:58. Lucy Walmsley of North Cotswold Tri & Run was the leading woman with a time of 1:29:17, followed by Lindsay Browning of Newport and District RC in 1:30:03 and Nikki Ingham in 1:41:01. Wheelchair racer Les Hampton of Cheltenham and County Harriers completed the distance in an excellent 1:42:34.
Colin Peters of South Devon AC won the marathon in 3:06:32 with Matthew Borghi second in 03:08:9 and Stephen Windle third in 3:08:33. First woman home was Jillian Hewitt Gray with a time of 3:39:43 followed by Sue Harrison of Leamington C&AC in 3:42:13. However she actually had completed 50km in that time to gain the qualifying time for international selection. It was an amazing run. Her last 5km and 10km splits would have won both those races! Kate Rampley was the third woman back in 4:04:01.
The full results are now available on our results page. The photos taken by Charles Whitton photography are also available. Please note that the gallery is called Shakespeare Marathon but does include all races
The Mad Dash 2017 was a huge success, with many more runners than in 2016. Congratulations to the fastest 10km runners, Toby Spencer and Tamsin Bowdenfirst, who finished in 30:58 and 41:30 respectively. Matthew Allen and Emily Seward were the first male and female 20k runners with times of 1:10:47 and 1:29:46 respectively. All age group winners will be notified now that the queries have been resolved. The final results are now available on the Results page.
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