A record-breaking 11,000 runners enjoyed an incredible weekend at the 2015 Bournemouth Marathon Festival which was held on 3-4 October 2015.
The Dorset coastline was blessed with bright conditions as runners of all ages and abilities took part in the third annual BMF weekend, raising an estimated half a million pounds for charity.
The 6 event weekend consisted of 1.5K and 2K junior races, the Supersonic 10K, Speed of Light 5K and then Sunday’s half marathon and full marathon.
Highlights from Saturday’s races included the female winner of the 10K, Claire Hallisey, winning the women’s 10K race in a course record of 00:37:11. The Bristol & West athlete, who competed in the marathon at the 2012 London Olympic Games savoured the unique BMF atmosphere.
Later on, as dusk fell on the Bournemouth Pier, runners fully immersed themselves into the full spirit of the 5K race, with bright colours and luminous kit making for an incredible spectacle. The race was won by Jamie Grose, smashing the 5K course record in 00:15:57.
The Sunday races certainly didn’t disappoint either, the marathon was won by Kenyan Boaz Kiprono who ran the 26.2 mile course in 2:16:00, breaking the previous course record by 41 seconds. In the women’s race, Kenya’s Joan Kigen won at her third attempt having finished runner up in 2013 and 2014.
On his half marathon debut, 22 year old Rich Horton of Poole AC broke the course record to win in 1:08:02. The women’s race was won by current Ironman UK triathlon champion Tamsin Lewis in 1:22:50, just six months after giving birth.
Another incredible weekend at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival on the stunning Dorset coast is guaranteed in 2016. Find out more at www.run-bmf.com.