Records tumble at Belvoir Half Marathon

SATURDAY, 9am: Runners made the most of kind conditions as the 28th Belvoir Half Marathon was marked with a new course record on Sunday.

A total of 640 runners finished the 13-mile course, while a further 90 completed the four-and-a-half-mile fun run.

Starting and finishing at Hose Village Hall, the promise of flat terrain brought out a record entry to the Vale of Belvoir, many of whom used the event as a warm-up for this month's London Marathon.

The field included 40 runners from Melton and 320 from Leicestershire, as well as 100 who made the short trip from Nottingham.

The route took competitors through Harby, Langar, Colston Bassett and Long Clawson with a cool light breeze helping many runners to set personal best times.

Winner Michael Aldridge (Wootton Road Runners) broke the course record with an the excellent time of 1hr 11min 14secs, while Lucy Gossage (TFN Tri Club) was the first woman and senior woman home in a time of 1.23.10.

The event was organised by Hose Village Hall Management Committee and raised more than 4,000 towards new seats for the hall and draining the playing field.

Emergency support for the runners was provided by Belvoir First Aid and wireless communications were maintained by Raynet. Timing using RFID chip technology was provided by Sport Systems, while 40 villagers acted as marshals en-route, car park supervisors and water point attendants, as well as providing food for runners and spectators.

Other winners:- 40-49 man: Philip Critchlow (Beaumont Running Club) 1.13.52; 40-49 woman: Kate Wright (Stratford Athletic Club) 1.25.18; 50-59 man: Stephen Davies (Mansfield Harriers) 1.22.36; 50-59 woman: Yvonne Parker (Road Runners Club) 1.40.02; over 60s man: Dane Atkins (Holme Pierrepont Running Club) 1.30.52; over 60s woman: Lesley Griffin (Birstall Road Runners) 1.39.22.

Men's team: Hinckley Running Club (Thomas Shardlow, Chris Jordan, John Padbury and Jason Brotherhood); Women's team: Holme Pierrepont Running Club (Christine Heaton, Patti Cranton and Hilary Hare-Duke).

Fun Run winners - Overall and under 16s: Jake Homby 29.00; Under 12s: William Garnett 40.03.

* The full results can be seen on the Hose village website at www.hosevillage.org.uk/bhm.htm