Taunton Marathon and Half Marathon – full results

MORE than 1,200 runners pushed themselves to the limit in the 35th Taunton Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday.
Thousands of spectators turned out to cheer them on along the route while an army of volunteers helped marshal the event and provided cooling sponges and water at stations around the course.
And while those participating in the two main races covered just over 26 and 13 miles respectively, another 60 children and parents took part in  fun runs over 1.4km and 2km.
Seasoned athletes went into the lead early on after the off at Bridgwater and Taunton College, with 172 completing the full marathon and 1,065 covering the shorter run.
The course took in part of Taunton town centre before heading out to Norton Fitzwarren, Hillcommon, Oake and Bradford-on-Tone, and then through Bishop’s Hull to the finish line at the college.
Full marathon runners completed two laps of the course.
Race director John Lewis said: “We had another successful event.
“Conditions were good for the runners, with quite a few achieving personal bests, although it was a bit cold for spectators, marshals and crews at the sponge and drink stations.
“We had a lot of new runners as runs in Bath and Weston-super-Mare were cancelled last month because of the snow. They gave us very positive feedback and said they liked our course and will be back next year.”
Mr Lewis thanked Bridgwater and Taunton College for hosting the event, sponsors Ashfords Solicitors and Nuffield Healthcare, Tesco for supplying bottles of water and bananas for the runners, and Wellington Motors for providing the race lead vehicles.
The races are organised by Taunton Carnival Committee and help raise money for local charities, including this year’s nominated charity St Margaret’s Hospice, as well as funding October’s Taunton Carnival.
The committee’s next task is to organise the DLO Taunton 10k, hosted at Blackbrook Pavilion on Sunday, September 30, and then Taunton Carnival on Saturday, October 20.
Source: MidDevonStar

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