Battling the Blackmore half marathon

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 15 June 2010

AXE VALLEY RUNNERS - Blossoming daffodils and clumps of snowdrops crowded the grass verges at places along the lanes of this year s 16th Blackmore Vale Half Marathon held near Sherborne.

Blossoming daffodils and clumps of snowdrops crowded the grass verges at places along the lanes of this year's 16th Blackmore Vale Half Marathon held near Sherborne. However, there was nothing else spring like on Sunday as a cold headwind battered 465 runners along the undulating course that had an uphill finish. Course organisation was excellent with well marshalled road junctions and numerous water stops. Adrian Marriott of Yeovil Town RC blasted around to win in 1:09:11, nearly six minutes ahead of 2nd placed Peter Roper of Votwo Co UK. Graeme Rasmussen from Eastleigh RC was 3rd in 1:16:53. This was Sue Campbell's first half marathon and she ran tentatively with Richard Hale for the first 2 miles. Richard then pushed on catching and overtaking Steve Reynolds, Eleanor Wood and Geoff Woodward over the next 7 miles to finish first AVR in 1:36:55 in 110th place, well pleased with his run. Next to finish was Eleanor Wood, 124th in 1:38:25 after overtaking Geoff Woodward in later stages. Geoff had a steady run in the blustery conditions to finish 142nd in 1:40:41. Steve Reynolds was 156th in 1:41:35 holding off Sue Campbell who ran strongly up the final hill to finish 212th in 1:45:59 an excellent first 1/2 marathon time. Becky Creese was beaming with her 309th position in 1:52:59. Finally Michelle Woodward made up the AVR to come in 405th in 2:06:18

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