Another fantastic race
Thanks to the 1,000 runners who joined us for this year’s 5k, 10k and half marathon – and the scores of junior runners who raced in the 1k event, too.
We hope you had an enjoyable race whichever event you opted to run in, and hopefully you’re recovering well. This was the fifth time we’ve run the event, and it continues to go from strength to strength, as runners of all abilities and ages took on the challenging route. Entries for 2017 will open soon at www.fromehalfmarathon.co.uk, but in the meantime, if you have any comments about this year’s event, we’d love to hear from you – email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We pride ourselves on having fantastic, smiling marshalls on every step of the route, and we hope that they helped to spur the runners on. We can’t say a big enough thank you to our marshalls, who give up their Sunday – and lots of days beforehand – to make the event such a success, so thank you marshalls, you’re amazing (and you all look great in a bright yellow tabard, too). But it’s not just marshalls who give up their time, there’s a whole army of volunteers who we’d like to thank, from the awesome race management team, who think about this event every month of the year; to the logistics team, who wake up at stupid o’clock to lug bollards, cones, railings and loads more about; plus the water station teams, who hand out then pick up thousands of water bottles. Thank you all so much, your dedication and hard work make this event the success that it is.
Race times If you want to check your time, or you just want to see how others did, please see DB Max. If you have any questions about your time, please contact DB Max directly. The 10k race held special significance, as it played host to race six of the Wiltshire Road Race League, the Somerset County Championship, and a South West Inter Counties event, with runners coming from Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Avon to vie for the title.
Local professional boxer Ryan Wheeler started the race, and then went on to run the half marathon, finishing in seventh position in 1:28:20. The half marathon was won by Daniel Jones of Team Bath in 1:15:12, followed by Tom Craggs of Winchester AC in 1:19:24 and Peter Grist of Wells City Harriers in 1:19:47, while Georgia Wood was first female in 1:29:11.
In the 10k, Tom Merson of Bristol and West AC was first home in 32:06, followed by Ronnie Richmond of Bideford AAC in 32:55 and Avon Valley Runners’ Michael Towler in 33:26, and Ruth Barnes of Avon Valley Runners took the first female prize with 35:29.
The 5k was won by Owen Parkin of Erme Valley Harries in 16:55, followed by William Laye of Bridgnorth Running Club in 17:12 and Brian Glynn of Athlos in 17:20. Team Bath’s India Ibbotson took the first female prize in 21:24.
Another thing that makes the Frome Half Marathon such a special event is the people of Frome and the surrounding villages, who showed once again just what a great crowd they are, with many playing music to help the runners on their way, and others spraying hoses and offering jelly babies and ice poles to cool down those that braved the tough, hilly course. Local bands chipped in, too, with the Cley Hill Stompers and the Frome Street Bandits playing for supporters and runners alike.
This is a true community event which raises thousands of pounds for local charities (actual total to be confirmed in the coming weeks). The runners themselves also raise thousands of pounds for charity, with a large group resplendent in purple to support Papyrus and the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, Toby Eliot and Al O’Kane, running in their mayoral chains for local charity Frome Gateway Club. The charity We Hear You fielded a team of 12 runners and raised enough money to fund almost 57 sessions of free, professional counselling for families in our community affected by cancer and other life threatening conditions. Scores of other charities were supported, too. Well done all who raised vital funds to help such important and life changing work. See you all next year! www.fromehalfmarathon.co.uk