The 30th edition of Clowne Half Marathon saw the race once again attract a sell out field with 633 competitors successfully completing Sunday’s (22 November) event. Organised by Clowne Road Runners, the half marathon is known as one of the key club races in the Derbyshire circuit and with its late November date, marks the season’s end for many Midlands runners.
The undulating course saw runners leave from Clowne Community Centre towards Whaley, up to Elmton, around Creswell and Whitwell, before heading back to the community centre.
The race saw Notts AC’s Stuart Spencer continue what has been an impressive season with another victory in 1:10:58. Spencer, winner at last month’s Worksop Half Marathon, crossed the line in 1:10:58, almost four minutes ahead of second placed Joe Fowler (1:14:57), with Leicester Coritanian’s Ludovic Renou in third (1:15:46).
Totley AC’s Laura Allen (1:23:39) secured a similarly comprehensive victory in the women’s completion, finishing some six minutes ahead of Worksop Harriers’ Teresa McPake (1:29:27), with club mate Fiona Kesteven in third (1:30:10). Mid-point in the field was Stephen Marren in 1:49:27, while the last runner came home in 3:10:50
A recent post on Clowne Road Runners’ Facebook page suggests that the race’s reputation is well justified: ‘Heard good reports about this event so decided to enter this year and it did not disappoint. Fairly scenic for the most part and some quite challenging undulations in places but nothing too bad. Really glad I entered and will look forward to next year’s event. Big thumbs up from me to the Clowne Road Runners for putting on a great event, roll on 2016.’
We would like to express our gratitude to Bryan Dale of Race Photos for supplying the images for this article.