A scorching hot day welcomed the runners at the Leeds Half marathon, and the heat would take it’s toll on many and the water stations and hose’s on route were even more welcome than ever.
It is the same route as last year so the first half is hilly, a gentle climb up Meanwood road before the tough Stonegate road leading onto the ring road. Once at the top of this most of the 2nd half is downhill and flat, but Kirkstall road seems to go on for miles.
43 Harriers (22 men and 21 ladies) entered this which is round 3 of the club road championship and also counts as a round of the club competitor championship.
1st home in an excellent 14th overall was Liam O’Brien in 1.19.20. Liam has started the year very strongly and will take some beating in the 1st division, even though he wasn’t happy today with stomach cramps affecting him.
2nd home and 1st in the premier league was Matthew Pinnock who had an excellent run to claim a PB in 24th at 1.20.54. Mike Gallagher was next home in 1.25.51 only 2 seconds ahead of Chris Smith. Top 2nd division points went to Pompeo Costantino with a strong 1.27.45.
In the ladies Helen Close was 1st Harrier home in 1.46.04 only 8 seconds ahead of Lucy Rider who in turn was only 18 seconds ahead of Hannah Marshall. It was a close battle and all 3 scored strongly in the 1st division.
Next home and scoring top premier division points was Laura Cummings in 1.49.26 and then it was new Hyde Park Harrier Maika Ohno in 1.52.37 and claiming top points in the 2nd division.
Even in the heat there was some very impressive performances and everyone who took part should be proud of there performance.
|14th||Liam O’Brien||1.19.20||1st||1109th||Helen Close||1.46.04||1st|
|24th||Matthew Pinnock||1.20.54||Prem||1125th||Lucy Rider||1.46.12||1st|
|85th||Mike Gallagher||1.25.51||1st||1157th||Hannah Marshall||1.46.30||1st|
|87th||Chris Smith||1.25.53||Prem||1486th||Laura Cummings||1.49.26||Prem|
|128th||Pompeo Costantino||1.27.45||2nd||1804th||Maika Ohno||1.52.37||2nd|
|242nd||Simon Gilbody||1.31.57||Prem||1887th||Lois Gardner||1.53.19||2nd|
|257th||Olly Coultrup||1.32.12||1st||2679th||Caroline Sanders||1.59.50||1st|
|276th||Aron Hinds||1.32.42||2nd||2884th||Heather Fulton||2.01.41||2nd|
|289th||Farhad Hamad||1.32.55||1st||3221st||Denise Hofman||2.04.45||2nd|
|364th||Dan Donnelly||1.34.41||1st||3813th||Laura Edwards||2.10.24||2nd|
|863rd||James Vickers||1.43.00||Prem||5132nd||Lesley-Ann Donnell||2.25.45||2nd|
|889th||Graeme Miles||1.43.23||2nd||5202nd||Catherine Hayward||2.26.48||Prem|
|943rd||Jimmy Sheldon||1.44.01||2nd||5289th||Emma Amor||2.28.22||1st|
|1489th||John Hayes||1.49.27||2nd||5326th||Sara Scholes||2.29.13||2nd|
|1810th||Jeremy Forber||1.52.39||2nd||5327th||Hazal Walker||2.29.13||2nd|
|1934th||Jack Rose||1.53.44||2nd||5429th||Helen Jackson||2.30.54||1st|
|2142nd||Jamie Dobson||1.55.34||2nd||5611th||Hannah Roberts||2.35.07||2nd|
|2615th||John Blatherwick||1.59.13||1st||5823rd||Sarah Baker||2.41.43||2nd|
|3137th||Phil Hammond||2.03.52||1st||5909th||Jasbir Bangerh||2.44.15||1st|
|3641st||Russell Webster||2.08.44||2nd||6031st||Linda Glendinning||2.49.33||1st|
|4440th||Richard Edwards||2.16.49||Prem||6032nd||Delyse Forber||2.49.33||2nd|