Tarus Elly made sure his first competitive outing of 2015 was a successful one by taking victory at the Village Bakery Wrexham Half Marathon. Sunday’s (15 February) event, which incorporates the North Wales half marathon championship, drew in a field of almost 600 competitors.
Starting and finishing at the Clubhouse on Wrexham Industrial Estate this classic race is popular with some of the fastest runners in the north of England and the Midlands, and for the first time this year, organisers introduced chip-timing for participants.
Salford Harriers’ Elly, winner of last year’s Wirral Half Marathon and Mersey Tunnel 10K, completed the course in 70:35, closely followed by Alun Vaughan in 70:58 (winner of the 2014 Snowdonia Marathon), with Warrington AC’s Andrew Green rounding off the top trio of performers in 71:10.
In the women’s field, Stockport’s Jenny Knass set a PB of 79:59 on her route to victory. Wrexham’s Emma Crowe took second, with Cheadle’s Rebecca Harrison third (81:42). Helen Owens was the mid-point competitor in 1:43:06, while the last runner came home in 2:51:52.