Hundreds of runners pounded the streets of Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (October 1st) as they competed in the town’s annual half marathon.
Despite heavy rain earlier in the day, the weather held off at the start of the race, pictured above, and despite some heavy showers these did not hamper the competitors.
Organiser Brian Beale told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “The day went very well – we had over 330 runners, which was up on last year, and only one person pulled out because of the weather.”
The event was won by 36-year-old Paul Wilson of Clevedon (pictured below) in a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes and 55 seconds. He told Burnham-On-Sea.com he was “delighted” to have won with a two and a half minute lead over the second person home. Watch the full interview on video.
First lady home was Karen Hazlitt, 39, from Winchester who is competing in a few weeks time in the Amsterdam Marathon.
The run started at the BASC ground, then the runners ran along Love Lane and Queens Drive, before turning left along the A38 towards Brent Knoll and on to East Brent, Lympsham, Wick Road and Red Road, before returning to Burnham via Berrow Road.
For those that don’t want to go the full 13 mile distance, there was also a one mile fun run.
This year’s event was organised solely by local running club, the Burnham-On-Sea Harriers.
The Burnham-On-Sea Half Marathon was held last year for the first time in 12 years and started at 11am from the BASC ground. Last year’s event was won by 21-year-old Peter Grist of Frome in a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes and 33 seconds.
A full list of results is available here.