Lowestoft Half Marathon – Sunday 2 October 2016
It was a windy day on the coast for the inaugural Lowestoft Half Marathon. The race jointly organised by Break charity and Lowestoft Road Runners started on the sea wall with a strong head wind. The waves were splashing up the side of the wall to emphasise how strong the winds were coming off the sea. After about a mile run down the sea wall, runners were greeted with Links Hill. Those who have run the Scores Race will know this one; it’s the first hill of that race and a steep one too! The race continued along Gunton cliff top before heading back towards Corton including a little lap of a playing field. Runners then headed back to the start to complete the first lap of this out and back course.
It was a surprisingly nice route and definitely one to do as it does have some decent long flat stretches. There was a laid back atmosphere and all runners received a medal, race t-shirt and goody bag.
First Jag home for this one was Stewart Marden with an impressive gold standard time of 1:40:55. Next up was Neil Button with a PB and silver standard time of 1:44:23. Seconds behind was Nicola Lambert-John in a time of 1:44:26, narrowly missing out on a PB by 10 seconds but still winning the senior female category prize and free entry into next years race! James Lambert was one second behind, having run the distance with his wife. A great run by Paul Gerber too, finishing in a chip time of 1:59:26.
Great effort everyone!