Runners feel the pace in wet and windy Chippenham Half Marathon (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Runners feel the pace in wet and windy Chippenham Half Marathon
Just over 1,330 runners managed to complete Chippenham Half Marathon on a wet and windy Sunday.
Just over 1,800 had entered the event, which took place on the same day as Bristol’s half marathon.
Crossing the finish line in under two hours was Calne builder Michael Slade, who raised more than £500 for Step by Step, a charity set up to help two-year-old Ollie Baker have an operation to get him walking.
Ollie, from Lyneham, has a form of cerebral palsy and cannot move without a walker. His operation is not available on the NHS and will cost £24,300.
Mr Slade, 30, works with Ollie’s dad at Haines Construction in Calne. He said: “I’ve worked with Steve for years, and when I heard about his son I wanted to help. It’s the first time I’ve ever done a half marathon.”
He said he only started running three months ago and since then has lost two inches from around his waist.
A pair of Corsham firefighters took a little longer to complete the 13-mile race - two hours 41 minutes - weighed down by full breathing apparatus all the way, as part of their training for the New York Marathon in November.
Andy Webster and Mark Evans have already completed the Corsham 10k in full kit, as part of their fundraising challenge for Operation Florian, which provides firefighting training to the world’s poorest regions.
Mr Webster said: “It went really well. The first 10k was really good, then we started to feel it a lot on the second 10.
“The people were so supportive; the kids were all waving and the people were shouting their support, and the other competitors were really good as well.
“It’s great preparation for New York; there was a really nice atmosphere.”
Sam Humphrey, who runs for Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets AC, was victorious in the race with a time of one hour 10 minutes, about two minutes short of the record time set by Paul Martelletti in 2011.
The first woman home was Hilary Mott from Cheltenham, who runs for CLC striders. Her time was one hour 26 minutes, eight minutes off Holly Rush’s record.
The organising committee plan to bring back the event next year and have already pencilled in Sunday, September 7.
For a full list of results, see www.chippenhamhalfmarathon.co.uk