Many thanks to you all for your wonderful support and what a fantastic turn-out, the numbers exceeded all our expectations. We particularly appreciate the fact that many runners travelled long distances to participate in the event. Also we received great feedback about the new race start and finish on the Great Western Way.
We wish to thank all the runners and especially the many many volunteers, too many to mention by name, without whose help it would not be possible to organise this race. Also special thanks to Hereford Rowing Club for use of their facilities and Ady Watts for sponsoring the race prizes.
The race was run in near perfect conditions and was convincingly won by Christopher Hayward of Brecon AC in a time 0f 33.41. Jimmy Richards of Wye Valley Runners finished second in a time of 34.40. Martin Matthews of Birmingham Running and Tim Iveson of Builth & District Runners were involved in a sprint finish to secure third place with Matthews just securing victory on the line in a time of 35.13.
Kathryn King secured victory in the ladies race for the second year running in a time 39.36. Clara Evans of Pontypridd Roadents finished second and Megan Judge of Malvern Joggers was third in times of 40.33 and 43.50 respectively.
Gabriel Kay of Brecon AC was the leading Junior in the race finishing seventh overall in a time of 37.31 an excellent performance.
Wye Valley Runners secured both the men’s and ladie’s team awards. Winning men were Jimmy Richards, Steven Flowers and Jeremy Jehan. Winning Ladies were Kathryn King, Nikki Childs and Laura Tootell.
There were special awards for two Wye Valley Runner club members. Laura Tootell winner of the ladies race in the Hereford Marathon and Bill Griffiths who for many years has supported club races and events were both awarded the club’s prestigious Mighty Oak award.
The Alex Moore Memorial Trophy was awarded to Wye Valley Runners Paddy Nugent.
A collection for Midlands Air Ambulance raised £92.
1. Cristopher Hayward (Brecon AC) 33.41; 2. Jimmy Richards (Wye Valley Runners) 34.40
3. Martin Matthews (Birmingham Running) 35.13; Junior : Gabriel Kay (Brecon AC) 37.31
V/40 Jimmy Richards (Wye Valley Runners) 34.40; V/45 Russell James (Hereford Couriers) 38.01
V/50 Clifford Berry (Ledbury & District Harriers) 37.39; V/55 Kevin Burke ( Stourbridge RC) 40.41
V/60 Stuart Brown (Malvern Joggers) 44.50; V/65 Ric Broad ( Unattached) 49.06
V/70 Bryan Symonds ( Wye Valley Runners) 49.32;
1. Kathryn King (Wye Valley Runners) 39.36; 2. Clara Evans ( Pontypridd Roadents) 40.33
3. Megan Judge ( Malvern Joggers) 43.50; FV35 Kathryn King (Wye Valley Runners) 39.36
FV40 Lucy Poole ( Malvern Joggers) 47.15; FV45 Beverley Tucker (Brecon AC) 45.04
FV50 Nikki Childs (Wye Valley Runners) 44.24; FV55 Kareen Mann (Malvern Joggers) 49.53
Wye Valley Runners