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Record numbers take to the streets

Rob George 20th Sep, 2018

A RECORD number of runners took to the city’s streets for this year’s Worcester City Run events with more than 4,000 people entering the Half Marathon, 10K and Young Athletes Run.

Organised by ahletics legend Steve Cram’s company Events of the North in partnership with Worcester City Council, the event smashed the previous highest entry list which was only set in 2017 with the second Worcester City Half Marathon attracted a strong field.

The races attracted some of the best athletes from the region, with many of them representing local clubs while hundreds of fun runners who were raising money for good causes, including a team of more than 50 who took part to support the event’s official charity partner, Worcester Samaritans.

Phillip Matthews of Swansea Harriers won the half marathon in a course record time of one hour nine minutes and 40 seconds. Daniel Hallam of Wreake & Soar Valley AC claimed second place and last year’s winner, Stuart Hawkes of Tipton Harriers was third.

The women’s race was won by Nicola Sykes of Bourneville Harriers in one hour 21 minutes with Sarah Davis of Rugby & Northampton second and Catie O’Donoghue of Bristol & West AC third while the wheelchair race winner was Les Hampton of Cheltenham Harriers.

Kadar Abdullahi of Birchfield Harriers won the Worcester CitY 10k in 32 minutes and 21 seconds ahead of Samuel Mitchell of Notts/RAF/Worcester AC and Marcus England of Cheltenham Harriers.

In the women’s race, 17-year-old 10K debutant Grace Brock of Cornwall AC won the title in 34 minutes 26 seconds, replicating the achievement of local athlete Jenny Nesbitt who beat Paula Radcliffe to win the first 10K in 2014.

Ed Grazier of Cheltenham Harriers won the wheelchair race while Joe Maddock of Worcester AC was the first boy in the under 11 young athletes run over one mile in six minutes 55 seconds while Natalie Seyler, also of Worcester AC was the first girl across the line in seven minutes 36 seconds.

In the boys’ under 16 race over 3.2K, the winner was Ciaran Lines of Sedgefield Harriers in 10 minutes 32 seconds while Evie Hawkesford-Johnson of Worcester AC was the first girl in 12 minutes 22 seconds.

Event founder Steve Cram said: “It was great to see so many people from the local community out on the course cheering on our runners. The event has continued to grow, year on year, and we had our biggest ever field of runners, which brings its own challenges.

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