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Runners from Australia, New Zealand and Russia come to Thanet

There were many excellent performances and personal bests from the runners of this year’s Kent Coastal Marathon and Half-Marathon sponsored by County Solicitors on Sunday.

Organised by Thanet Roadrunners, just under 550 runners took part with 369 finishers in the half-marathon and 170 in the marathon.

The event attracted runners aged 17-75 from as far as Australia, New Zealand and Russia and took in the towns of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate.

The start of the Thanet Half-MarathonPicture: Jodi Hanagan Photography
The start of the Thanet Half-MarathonPicture: Jodi Hanagan Photography

Two Thanet Roadrunners, Peter Gough and John Hunt, did their best to make things even trickier by running the route twice – the first in the early hours.

Springfield Striders’ James Wright won the half-marathon in 1:19.17 while Emma Hollands, of Paddock Wood AC, claimed the ladies’ first place, in 1:36.05. Steve-John Benjamin won the marathon in 2:49.10.

Although 80 Thanet Roadrunners helped stage the races, 15 club members donned their racing shoes – Andy Stevens (1:26.39) led the team home in seventh in the half. Bradley Cameron clocked 3:04.08 to finish sixth overall in the marathon.

That Roadrunners’ half marathon finishers: 7th Andy Stevens 1:26.39; 15th Jack Bradley 1:32.22; 46th Andrew Richardson 1:41.14; 90th Abigail Cardwell 1:50.20; 320th Carl Boarder 2:30.51.

Full marathon: 6th Bradley Cameron 3:04.08; 30th Paul Joy 3:36.58; 31st Paul Galt 3:39.25; 34th Matthew Perrin 3:44.29; 36th Steven Suttle 3:45.44; 67th John Hunt 4:08.48; 77th Mark Lintott 4:12.43; 82nd Mark Foster 4:15.54; 135th Philip Cope 4:58.22; 162nd Peter Gough 5:38.55.

Race director Jon Holl said: “We hope to see as many of the runners again next year but entries are open for the Miles and Barr Alan Green Memorial 10 Mile Race on December 3.”

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