EXCELLENT conditions brought down the times at the 31st Belvoir Half Marathon and fun run on Sunday.
The race is popular with runners warming up for spring marathons and for its attractive flat route through the Vale of Belvoir which starts and finishes at Hose Village Hall.
The 499 finishers were headed by Notts AC runner Stuart Spencer who won in a time of 1hr 10min 37secs which organisers believe could be a course record.
Nikita Pemberton (Sutton-in-Ashfield Harriers) was the first woman home in 1.21.22, while the men’s and women’s team prizes went to Syston-based Wreake Valley Runners (Andy Peet, Bruno Nikoloff, David Rose and Matthew Noble) and Redhill Road Runners (Caroline Norton, Carolyn Hay and Bev Barnes).
The Belvoir Half marked a long-awaited racing return for Stilton Strider runner Darren Glover who claimed 29th place in a time of 1.24.47.
Next home for the Striders was Rich Gray (1.30.34) followed by debutant Mark Stoneley who knocked three minutes off his previous best in 1.37.28.
Iain Howe (1.38.52), John Houghton (1.43.46) and Wayne Hackett (1.43.49) were the other Striders to finish.
Other prize winners – Over 40s (men): Richard Whitelegg (Hinckley RC) 1.16.45; (women): Kate Wright (Stratford AC) 1.23.38. Over 50s (men): Alistair Chambers (Ivanhoe RC) 1.24.11; (women): Stephanie Ilsley (Ripley RC) 1.36.48. Over 60s (men): Peter Mensley (Charnwood AC) 1.27.56; (women): Michelle Ashton 1.58.01.
The four-and-a-half-hour fun run attracted a field of 48 which was won by Jake Richardson (Grantham AC) from runner-up Katie Rice and third-placed Oliver Higgins.
The first under 12 runner home was Laura Howard, while Oscar Shakesheff was the under 16s winner.
The event was organised by Hose Village Hall’s management committee to raise funds to improve the village hall facilities and 40 villagers helped out as marshals, car park supervisors and water point attendants.
Hose School Parents and Friends Association provided refreshments at the village hall, while emergency support was provided by Belvoir First Aid. Full results are available from the Hose village website at www.hosevillage.org.uk/bhm.htm