Over 800 runners compete in 30th Clowne Half Marathon

Photographs from this year's Clowne Half Marathon taken by Bryan Dale
Photographs from this year's Clowne Half Marathon taken by Bryan Dale

More than 800 runners took to the start line at one of the regions most popular races - the Clowne Half Marathon.

Sunday’s race attracted a record entry in its 30th year and was won by Stuart Spencer of Notts AC in a time of one hour, ten minutes and 58 seconds.

First female home, Laura Allen of Totley AC, finished the course 24th overall in 1:23:39. Lewis Banton was first Clowne Road runner home in 1:17:03.

Race Director Denis Learad, overseeing his last Clowne Half Marathon, offered his appreciation to all those who had played a hand in supporting the event.

He said: “This year’s sponsors have been very supportive and enabled me to put together an excellent prize list for all those taking part.

“This year’s prize list not only caters for the top runners, but any runner coming in at 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 positions will win a sports prize retail value at £60.

“There will also be an opportunity for 30 runners to win a spot prize.

“This year’s goody bag I believe is the ‘Goody Bag of the Year’ when put against any other road race in the UK.

“We have received excellent support from Clowne Parish Council and the Clowne Community Centre, who are known for supporting local sport. Along with Derbyshire Police led by Wendy McBride and her special constables.”

He added: “In addition to a goody bag all runners receive a technical t-shirt which this year has Christmas theme, the runners will have their photograph taken around the course by Bryan Dale Sports Photos.”

The race helped to raise more than £2,800 in total for Blue Bell Wood Children’s Hospice, Royal British Legion, Ray’s 75 Marathons in 75 Days, as well as local guides and scouts groups and the local police charity.

“The half marathon this year supported Blue Bell Wood Children’s Hospice again and on Sunday at the presentation event we handed over a cheque for almost £1,000,” said Denis.

“The race has also supported the British Legion and the free entries that we gave for the poppy appeal will raise over £600 for the charity.

“We have also supported Ray’s 75 Marathons in 75 Days charity which is raising £75,000 for a school in Rotherham that supports disabled children and e also gave over £1,200 to local guides and scouts groups along with the local police charity.”