The second edition of the ASICS Oulton Park Half Marathon and 10K took place on Sunday (8 March) with 1,135 runners enjoying the opportunity of tackling the motor racing circuit in Cheshire. The events are seen as perfect training platforms for spring marathons, particularly the Greater Manchester Marathon in April, with many competitors testing their endurance levels by tackling both races.
Held entirely on the famous Oulton Park motor racing circuit in Cheshire, the half marathon consisted of 6 laps with 10K runners covering 3. The Oulton Park race track is one of the country's finest motor racing circuits and competitors enjoy a traffic free race track, super smooth tarmac and the finish straight on the pit line.
The 10k started at 10am with wet and windy conditions around the circuit. Timmy Davies claimed the men’s title in a time of 34:48, with runner up Simon Newton (Ackworth Road Runners) finishing in 35:37 and Richard Spooner third in 00:35:58. Heather Carter of Sandbach Striders was the fastest in the women’s field and secured the win in 42:00, ahead of Georgia Bevan (43:09) and Nicola Hunter (46:22).
Conditions improved by the time of the half marathon at 12:30pm, and saw Mark Swannell of Bolton Harriers secure the title in a time of 1:18:35, ahead of Chris Williams 1:18:46 and David Parkin (Swinton RC) in 1:19:02. Gemma Connolly of Sutton/St Helens improved her fantastic performance from last year and shaved over one and half minutes off her 2014 time to take first (and overall 7th) in a time 1:21:35. Penny Ditchfield (Meltham AC) took second in 1:27:20, ahead of Emma Wilkinson (1:29:38).
Race Director Simon Hill commented: “The second ASICS Oulton Park Half Marathon & 10K has been a great success and we have received fantastic feedback from the competitors. This is the perfect event for runners to start their road running season and the perfect training race for all spring marathons including the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon on 19 April.”
Simon then thanked those involved in the event, with many of the participants running in aid of Cancer Research UK: “I would like to express a big thank you to our title sponsor ASICS, to all the runners, and to everyone who contributed to the success of the event including the marshals and volunteers.”
Full results are available here.