Almost one thousand runners took to the streets of Scunthorpe as the North Lincolnshire half marathon celebrated its biggest turnout to date. The event also saw two new course records, with Tim Hartley and Pauline Munro providing strong performances even with a fierce headwind for the first seven miles.
Starting on Scotter Road, the flat course took in surrounding rural areas of Messingham, East Butterwick and Burringham before finishing on the pitch at Glanford Park. Hartley, 44, from Loughborough, secured a convincing victory with a time of 1:10:00, more than four minutes ahead of Aidan Johnson (1:14:12), with James Pearson taking third place (1:14:43).
Hartley (Notts AC) commented: "The first seven miles were hard but after that it went well. The support from spectators was brilliant and it was good being a traffic free course. This is the first time I have competed in the event and I would certainly do it again and hopefully finish under 70 minutes."
Wetherby Runners' Pauline Munro set a sizable PB with her winning time of 1:17:38, which also ensured her seventh overall. Speaking after the race, she said: "The course was fantastic and really well-organised. It should be a big event on the racing calendar as it is a fantastic event."
Results of the North Lincolnshire half marathon are available via northernrunningguide.com