The Ealing Half Marathon has established itself as a firm fixture in the running calendar, and the race’s 4th edition on Sunday 27th September was the biggest yet and a sell out with 4681 finishers plus 355 Ealing Mini Mile runners. More supporters and spectators than ever were soaking up the festival atmosphere and cheering on the runners whilst seizing the #EalingFeeling in what were perfect weather conditions for the runners.
Run-Fast athlete Christopher Cheruiyot dominated the field and took the lead from the start, crossing the finish line with a gap of over five and a half minutes in a time of 1:05:41. Jack Parslow of Dacorum & Tring AC and Thomas Beedall were battling it out for second place with Parslow finishing in 1:11:21, seven seconds ahead of Beedell.
The women’s race was won by Run-Fast athlete Teresiah Omosa in 1:16:32. Runner up Alice Braham of Thames Hare & Hounds secured second place in 1:19:06, and Rosamund Ponder of West 4 Harriers claimed third place after crossing the finish line in 1:21:32.
New Zealand Paralympian athlete Tim Prendergast, who continues to inspire many by sharing his own experience of overcoming disability to succeed, was amongst the running crowd and finished in overall 22nd place in an excellent time of 1:16:59.
273 runners were raising money for headline charity Alzheimer’s Society, and over 220 Ealing Eagles took part in this year’s race.
The fastest runners in the Ealing Mini Mile, which covered a one-mile route around Lammas Park, were Maximilian Steel (6:10) and Millie Vadon (7:37) in the 6–11 years category. Luke Adar (5:30) and Feia Starkey (6:18) claimed first place in the 12-16 years category.
The prize giving was sponsored by Kantec with prizes supplied by ASICS, Up & Running and Ealing Half Marathon. The stunning winners’ trophies were provided by Burridge London, and each finisher received a unique Ealing Half Marathon 2015 memorabilia print by local artist Wayne Grace, alongside a medal and other goodies.
Ealing Half Marathon, 27th September 2015:
1. Christopher Cheruiyot (Run-Fast), 1:05:41
2. Jack Parslow (Dacorum & Tring AC), 1:11:21
3. Thomas Beedall, 1:11:28
1. Teresiah Omosa (Run-Fast), 1:16:32
2. Alice Braham (Thames Hare & Hounds), 1:19:06
3. Rosamund Ponder (West 4 Harriers), 1:21:32
For the full results please go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com .
Race Director Kelvin Walker commented: “The Ealing Half Marathon 2015 has been a huge success and we had a record number of runners cross the finish line in Lammas Park this year. We have made some improvements and additions to the race village which were very well received, and it was great to see so many runners and their families enjoy the festival atmosphere and celebrate their achievements in the park.
“I would like to express a big thank you to everyone who continues to support the race, including the volunteers, marshals, our sponsors, Ealing Council, the local businesses, communities and residents, and of course all the runners who sign up to run. A big thank you also goes to the six Anglican churches who were manning the water stations with their congregations and handing out water to the runners and keeping everyone hydrated.”
Official race partners for the 2015 race included Volvic®, ASICS, Up & Running, Move Clinics, Mercedes-Benz Brentford, Xempo, 1E, Kantec, Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, Ealing Eagles and Ealing Council.
A new charity structure has been unveiled for the 2016 race, with Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK and CLIC Sargent announced as the Official Charity Partners.
Go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com for the 2015 results and to sign up to the 2016 race. You can also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/ealinghalf and follow @EalingHalf #EalingFeeling on Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest news in the lead up to the Ealing Half Marathon.
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