Athletics

Erme Valley Harriers’ Thorn claims category win at Cardiff Half Marathon

ERME Valley Harriers’ Alison Thorn was first female over-40 in the prestigious Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday.

Thorn finished the event, which attracted 20,000 runners, in a gun time of 1:24.35, with her chip time 12 seconds faster.

She was four minutes ahead of the next over-40 female. There were 1,492 runners in the category.

Thorn was also 15th women overall out of 9,952 finishers.

There was also a good run for Plymouth Harriers’ Jordan Andrews.

He finished 39th overall in a gun time of 1:12.15.

The race attracted many international runners with Kenyan athletes Edith Chelimo and John Lotiang smashing records.

Chelimo broke the UK all-comers record and moved up to sixth on the world all-time list with 1:05.52 to easily win the women’s race.

Lotiang broke the men’s race record with a time of 1:00.42.

Tavistock’s Tracey Ann Cole was seventh over-55 female in 1:47.23, while Plymouth Harriers’ Steve Fletcher and Steve Hill finished within seconds of each other. Fletcher finished in a gun time of 1:21.30 and Hill in 1:21.39.

A number of athletes from the region took part in the race.

Full results can be found HERE.

Meanwhile, City of Plymouth’s Poppy Tank began her cross country season in America with an encouraging 30th place in the women’s 5k blue race at the Joe Paine Notre Dame Invitational event in South Bend, Indiana.

She was third Utah University runner home in the race which saw 162 starters, clocking 17.00.00 exactly.

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