There was further proof that the Village Bakery Wrexham Half Marathon is one of the best-regarded events in northern Wales when almost 1400 runners turned out for Sunday’s (19 February) event. The race saw convincing wins for both Stockport Harriers’ Patrick Martin and Wilmslow’s Dianne McVey.
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. With support from Village Bakery, the half has also become known for its post-event treats, with Sunday’s runners enjoying sourdough crumpets.
Stockport’s Martin ensured his maiden outing in 2017 was a successful one with victory in 1:07:56, his fastest half marathon time in two years. Kent AC’s Russell Bentley was second in 1:09:03, with Tipton Harriers’ Martin Williams third (1:09:23).
Veteran Dianne McVey (pictured) recorded an impressive run and PB in 1:18:36 – her fastest previous time was set in 2014. The Wilmslow runner finished a sizeable distance ahead of Hannah Jarvis (1:21:05) with Alison Lavender in third (1:21:09). Kieron Carr was midplaced in the field in 1:49:59, while the last runner came home in 3:39:25.
Mike Harrington said he was delighted with the turnout and the conditions on Sunday: “It went brilliantly. The weather was perfect. Quite cool but it warmed up and no wind at all. We had a record entry of 1,700 which was amazing.”
Image courtesy Bryan Dale of Race Photos.