Hampshire Chronicle Thursday 13th October 2016
The first Half Marathon of Winchester for thirty years attracted 1,500 runners and their supporters to the city. The city centre race took in a mix of city and contry as the runners conquered 13.1 miles of hills. A third of the runners were undertaking their very first half marathon, a brave feat with a hilly start. 40% of participants were female with the average running age coming in at 42. Over 70 different running clubs were represented, from across Hampshire, but also as far away as New Zealand. The oldest runner, Jack Taylor, was 73 years old completing the course in 2:08:24.
Over £45,000 was raised for over 50 different charities. Kate Warne, community liaison at Rees Leisure explains: ‘We had a diverse range of charities represented at the Winchester Half Marathon, ranging from local charities such as, Naomi House & Jacksplace, Winchester Youth Counselling and Countess Mountbatten Hospice, to national charities such as Macmillian Cancer Support, RNIB and the British Heart Foundation. It was a hugely positive day and we donated our left over supplies to the Winchester Churches Night Shelter on Jewry Street.’
The lead car was driven by 20 year old Carrie White from the Hendy Group. ‘It was an honor to lead all the runners out and support around the city was great.’ The event was supported by sponsors University of Winchester and Alexandra Sports who cheered on the runners as WIN City Marshals.
Fee Francis, Events Manager said: ‘The event was a great success and the city has really embraced the return of a large running event.’