A record breaking 13,000 runners signed up to run in the fourth edition of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival on 1 and 2 October 2016. Runners from across the UK and beyond gathered on the Dorset coastline for the biggest event yet.
The festival included the Marathon, Half Marathon 10k, 5k, and Junior races which made for an action-packed weekend.
Sunday’s half marathon event saw Alex Wall-Clarke from Southampton AC cross the finish line first, with a time of 1:11:04. The women’s race was won by local girl, Emma Dews, who set a new course record of 1:21:26.
The final event of the 2016 festival was the full marathon, which got underway at 10am from Kings Park under brilliant blue skies. At the front end of the race, a group of four broke clear early on, including Kenyans Stanley Kiprotich Bett and Julius Kiplagat Korir, along with Moroccan Abdelhadi El Mouaziz.
The pack of four, which also included Japhet Koech of Kenya, were still together as they ran over Bournemouth Pier and through the finish area in Lower Gardens with nine miles remaining. But it was Bett who surged clear in the closing stages, crossing the line in a swift 2:17:59. El Mouaziz stayed strong to claim second in 2:20:45, with Korir third in 2:25:44. After his win, Bett said: “The route was good and I felt good the whole way round. There was some strong wind on the shore, but I just ran my own race. I enjoyed the Bournemouth sunshine too so I’m very happy.”
The female race was won by Eddah Jepkosgei of Kenya, who held off a strong challenge from compatriot Hildah Cheboi. Jepkosgei said: “I liked the route. I was with a group until about 7km and then I went on my own. I enjoyed the day and the sunshine was lovely.” Brit Emma Prideaux of Billericay Striders came home in third place finishing in 3:1:15.
Another incredible weekend at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival on the stunning Dorset coast is guaranteed in 2017. Find out more on how to enter at www.bournemouthmarathon.com