Ironbridge Half Marathon


April fools day dawned clear and sunny but cold for the 2012 edition of Telford Harriers Ironbridge Half Marathon, as usual starting and finishing in Telford town park with a run down to a large loop around many of the visitor sights in the Ironbridge gorge area including the Ironbridge itself which is negotiated at the 8 mile mark.

The cash prizes on offer attracted quite a large entry as usual, and the dry conditions attracted another 70 last minute entrants.

The race was won by William Joyce of Telford Harriers in 1:15:24, almost 2 and a half minutes clear of his closest rival Dave Mansbridge who was first MV55 finishing in 1:17:53 with 3rd going to Adam Lloyd of Bromsgrove and Redditch AC in 1:18:45. Telford Harriers must be on fire currently as Kim Fawke won the female race for them and finished 4th overall in 1:19:35! The 2nd and 3rd ladies finishing 57th and 60th overall some 15 minutes behind Kim.

Two Croft runners made the journey to Telford this year: Martin W. who completed one of his best Half Marathon runs to date finishing 122nd in 1:39:55. the other being myself who finished in a much more sedate 1:47:22 which was good enough for 234th (could do better!); a total of 591 finished out of 599 starters.

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