5th Dec, 2016

LOOK: Thousands visit city to support annual half marathon

Coventry Editorial 29th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THOUSANDS flocked to the start line of Decathlon Coventry’s Half Marathon.

In total, an astonishing 4,217 runners turned up for the big race including city Olympian Dave Long and Michael McCann from charity partner Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.

Peter Brooks was the star of the day, coming out on top, securing victory with a time of one hour, eight minutes and 40 seconds.

The popular midlands city race saw Dale Annable taking second with one hour, eight minutes and 54 seconds followed by Thomas Quirk with one hour, 11 minutes and 52 seconds.

Garance Blaut was the fastest woman runner finishing after one hour, 21 minutes and one second followed by Kate Wright in second place with one hour, 22 minutes and four seconds and Nicki Nealon in third with one hour, 23 minutes and seven seconds.

The wheelchair race was the first in the event’s history with Ben Rowlings securing first place with a time of one hour, three minutes and 43 seconds. Ron Smith took second with one hour, 16 minutes and five seconds followed by Gary Cooper who finished after one hour, 22 minutes and 39 seconds.

The sell-out event also welcomed hundreds of supporters who lined the course to cheer on the community, friends and family.

Jamie Warren, CO2’s head of marketing, said: “We are delighted with the performances put on by all our runners, volunteers, supporters and partners at today’s event, who all contributed to the electric atmosphere felt in the heart of the city and out on course.”

Coun Abdul Khan, who is responsible for events, added he was delighted the 2016 event had attracted such great support this year.

He added it was wonderful to see the packed starting line for the main race as well as the 1,000 schoolchildren who took part in the Schools’ Challenge.

“I’d also like to thank all the volunteers, marshals, family and friends who play such a big part in making the day special and also to the Coventry public who have come out and shown their support to the participants on the day too,” Coun Khan said.

“Well done to everyone involved in making the Decathlon Coventry’s Half Marathon such a big success this year.”