Even though this was his fourth victory at the Stafford Half Marathon, Ben Gamble might well view this as his sweetest yet with the Tipton Harrier setting a course record at Sunday’s event. The race has become a popular fixture in the spring calendar, with the 3,000 entry quota reached in record time.
While this year saw a slightly modified route, runners enjoyed a familiar start and finish point, close to the Market Square in Stafford town centre. Prior to the half marathon, the mood for the day was set by the mile-long fun run, which saw competitors don their favourite superhero costume along the route.
Gamble, who had secured victory in tough conditions at the Stafford 20 earlier this month, continued his rich vein of form to take first place and a course record of 1:07:39. The Tipton Harrier was more than three minutes ahead of Hubert Wierdark (1:10:40), with Shrewsbury AC’s Brett Edwards in third position (1:11:48).
First female was Huncote Harriers’ Nicki Nealon who crossed the line in 1:21:24, followed by Rebecca Harrison (1:22:15) and Adele Arnold (1:25:05). James Ostle was the mid-point competitor in 1:54:59, while the last runner came home in 3:16:24.
Bryan Dale of Racephotos sent us in these snaps of the event at the 12.5 mile mark on the path running through the park alongside the River Sow, just before re-entering Stafford.
Full results are available here.