The 23rd Bristol half marathon took place on Sunday 11 September and is now one of the most popular half marathons in the UK. The race is part of the runbristol portfolio of events.

 

Race organisers had anticipated strong winds and rain - but the 23rd Bristol half marathon turned out to be a near perfect early autumn day. The new flatter, faster course proved a great success - with both participants and spectators all enjoying this great sporting event for the city of Bristol.

 

Very sadly the day will also be remembered by many for the tragic death of one of the participants. Our thoughts are with his family and friends - but they agreed with us that the passion and enthusiasm of all involved in the 2011 Bristol half marathon should be celebrated.

The Men’s Open race was won in fine style by Kenyan Edwin Kipyego returning to Bristol for his second year to defend his title as overall winner with a time of 63.20. Although slower than his time last year, he was able to cruise home well ahead of fellow Kenyan Allan Ndiwa who took second place in a time of 65.04. Third place went to Sri Lankan Anuradha Cooray in 66.15, who also runs for the Vale of Aylesbury AC.

 

Charnwood AC’s Gemma Steel has enjoyed a fabulous break-though into the international scene both on road and cross country - and true to her billing as the hot favourite for Bristol, won the Women’s Open title in 73.32. Some distance behind Fidelis Chebet made second place in 76.53 closely followed by Bristol & West’s Lucy MacAlister in 76.58.

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Over 8,500 runners were lining up for the start of the 31st Experian Robin Hood Marathon and Half Marathon on Victoria Embankment, Nottingham, on Sunday 11th September 2011.

 

Blue skies and sunshine were prevailing at the start of the races with the wind force increasing throughout the day, making conditions quite challenging.

 

The Half Marathon was won by Elisha Tarus in 1:05:52 with local Notts AC runner Bruce Raeside coming 2nd in 1:09:42 and Edward Highton 3rd in 1:11:33. The female winner title was taken by Chesang Dorcus from Run-Fast in 1:14:40, followed by Juliet Doyle (Charnwood AC) in 1:19:04 and Nicki Nealon (Huncote Harriers) in 1:22:25.

 

Carl Allwood from Sutton & Ashfield Harriers came 1st in the Marathon, crossing the line in 2:38:40. Runner up Adam Holland from Votwo/USN finished in 2:41:25 with Pumlani Bangani coming 3rd in 2:43:23. The Women’s Marathon was won by Sarah Harris from Long Eaton RC in an impressive 2:47:47. Rebecca Johnson from Bellahouston Roadrunners came 2nd in 3:10:38 and Jen Salter from Les Croupiers crossed the finish line in 3rd place in 3:11:32.

 

For full results including the Ikano Mini Marathon and Schools Challenge, the Robin Hood Wheelchair Race, the Cooper Parry Corporate Relay Challenge and the Marathon Relay please go to www.experianfestivalofrunning.co.uk

 

The races are organised by Sweatshop, the UK’s largest specialist running retailer with shops nationwide. Sweatshop was founded by Olympic Champion Chris Brasher in 1971, with the aim to give every runner, from absolute beginner to international athlete, access to the very best equipment.

 

The official charities for the 2011 event were Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research (www.beatbloodcancers.org) and Treetops Hospice (www.treetopshospice.org.uk)

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