Exmouth Harriers run well at Bristol Half Marathon

PUBLISHED: 15:20 27 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:20 27 September 2018




Runners look to Bristol Half Marathon for fast times; the flat city centre course and September timing of the event often provide good conditions to capitalise on the summer’s training, writes Cathy Newman.

Last Sunday was wet and windy and although the gusts were much less than originally forecasted, the slippery cobbles and intermittent rain were far from ideal.

Nonetheless, Tom Merson gained his highest place to date in this prestigious event; he had another strong run to finish under 70 minutes with 69:34, although he would have liked to record a faster time, something he is certainly capable of.

This was the 30th edition of the race and in first place Matt Clowes was only the 11th British winner, the others coming from Africa; the course record belongs to Ethiopian Haile Gebreselassie, whilst Paula Radcliffe holds the women’s record.

Hannah Bown ran above expectations to substantially dip under 90 minutes, clinching a coveted championship entry for next year’s London Marathon and finishing fourth in the F40 category that she recently joined.

Tristan Kensal-Spar has been rewriting his 5k best this summer and this was his chance to do the same for half marathon. Despite the conditions, he obliged with 81:59 suggesting the 80-minute barrier will soon be within his grasp.

Craig Butler was over three minutes faster than his Torbay Half Marathon time and built on a summer of 5k park runs to record 89:15.

There were 7,024 finishers in this popular city race.

Despite the conditions, there were still 255 finishers at Exmouth’s 5k Parkrun run. Les Turner completed his 110th Parkrun and Jill Dupain her 168th! Chris Dupain was first Exmouth Harrier home in third place.

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