Bridlington Half Marathon, the biggest annual race in the town’s calendar, suffered possibly the worst conditions since the event was first held in 1983.
Torrential downpours drenched the field of almost 400 runners from start to finish, but the fastest athletes were undeterred by the conditions. The first eight to reach the finish line were all quicker than last year’s winner, despite the heavy rain, with Matthew Nelson of City of Hull AC adding his name to the winners’ roll of honour.
He finished in 1:11:18, exactly a minute clear of his closest challenger, Jonathan Carter of Tipton Harriers.
In third place was Jonathan Frost of East Hull Harriers, with the top three places in the women’s race claimed by Lyndsey Eastman of Kimberworth Striders, Margaret Beever of Stainland Lions Road Runners and Barnsley AC’s Christina Laking, all of whom were in the first 40 finishers overall and well under one hour and 27 minutes.
Bridlington RR’s Phill Taylor, who was given the honour of wearing number one for the race, was fifth in 1:16:04, and was the fastest over 40. Team-mate Scott Hargreaves was eighth (1:18:13) in his first half marathon, with Josh Taylor (1:20:53) and Nick Jordan (1:21:07) both in the top 20 – Jordan setting a new PB with his effort.
Tom Mullen and Alan Feldberg both beat the 90-minute comfortably to secure their places in the first 50, while Patricia Bielby was the fastest over 65 female, after clocking 1:53:30. Sandra Orlando also claimed an age category prizes, after she took almost four minutes off her half marathon PB and around 14 minutes off her best on the Bridlington course, finishing in 2:21:39.
The race was supported by Bridlington Rotary Club and sponsored by Wold Top Brewery, with all of the 398 finishers receiving a distinctive medal which can be used as a bottle opener.
Bridlington Road Runners thanked all members, friends and family who volunteered to be marshals along the route in appalling conditions.
Pictures by TCF Photography.