Local lad Matthew Bowser won the first Lincoln Half Marathon in 1:08:10, contributing towards a successful debut for the race. The winner was one of over 2,300 runners who lined up on Sunday (2 October) for this new event, staged in the historic cathedral city of Lincoln.
Bowser claimed top spot with Adam Baker of Lincoln Wellington AC second in 1:14:35. Fellow teammate Lucian Allison followed in 1:15:12.
Lincoln Wellington AC also produced the ‘1st female’ with Abbie Donnelly winning the women’s race in 1:24:15. Emily Foran of Sleaford Striders was second in 1:25:49 with Natalie Plummer of Reading University Athletics Club, third in 1:30:16.
This half marathon was due to start at 9.30am but a traffic delay meant a 9.40am start time instead. This 10-minute delay did not dampen spirits with runners enjoying the October sunshine and festival atmosphere along the way. Four start pens used to separate runners according to their desired (or expected) finish time with pacers available to help them achieve their goals.
The race started and finished in the Lincolnshire Showground: runners headed up towards Lincoln, passed by the cathedral and through the castle grounds before reaching the city centre. They continued past Brayford waterfront and the university followed by a steep climb up Yarborough Hill and the finish at the Showground.
Lincoln (and Lincolnshire in general) is considered a flat region but this race proved the opposite with several hills providing a challenging aspect.
This race was organised by OSB Events and event charities were The Ethan Maull ‘Up Yours To Cancer’ Foundation and Cancer Research UK.
Photo courtesy of Lincoln Half Marathon.