It may have only been the sixth staging of the event, but the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon looks likely to be around for years to come. The post-race briefing from organisers Neil and Nicola Pattison summed up nicely why it has made a strong impact in such a short period of time: “We love what we what we do, and we love making this event great for you.”
Sunday’s race saw an impressive field of almost 1600 runners compete; close to 1000 more than in 2012. There was a change in venue too, with participants tackling a new course that started and finished at Quibell Park athletics stadium, allowing for a final sprint around the track.
Leading the field home with a sizeable victory was Mohammed Abu-Rezeq, who crossed the line in 1:08:18, with Aaron Scott (1:11:05) and John Hobbs (1:12:30) following. Abu-Rezeq has now won each of the previous three half marathons he has competed in following victories at Wilmslow and Helsby and now turns his attention to Leeds this weekend.
In the women’s competition, Lincoln Wellington AC’s Natalie Burns secured top spot in 1:19:54, finishing ahead of Philippa Taylor (1:24:45) and Sophie Darling (1:25:35). Matthew Storey was mid-place in the field in 1:54:41, while the last runner came home in 3:55:25
Reflecting on an event that is becoming a big hit with a friendly reputation, organisers Neil and Nicola of Tape2Tape posted on the race website: “We are not the kind of race organisers that grab your money and go, we are about creating something memorable for each and everyone of you, we strive to give you the best we can at our events, including the best support, the best atmosphere, the best finish and of course the best medals and tees!”
Next up on the Tape2Tape calendar is the Great Grimsby Fun Run, scheduled for Sunday 30 July.
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