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Long Sutton Half-Marathon and 10k survives the wind and adapts to 'unique' conditions




The first-ever Long Sutton Spring Half-Marathon and fourth 10k embraced exceptional circumstances and overcame windy conditions.

Nearly 260 runners took on the challenge of running either 13.1 miles or the equivalent of 25 laps around a 400-metre athletics track.

Organisers Sublime Racing, of Wisbech. challenged runners with a mostly flat route starting and ending at University Academy Long Sutton, passing through Lutton, Gedney Dyke, Gedney and Long Sutton itself.

Runners set off on their 10k journey.Photo: SG-150320-041TW.
Runners set off on their 10k journey.Photo: SG-150320-041TW.

Extra precautions were put in place following the coronavirus outbreak, with staggered starts replacing "starting pens" to ensure runners were kept well apart

Race organiser Martin Jennings said: "It went very well and we put lots of measures in place to ensure that we weren't putting any runners at risk.

"Normally, there are several times in the day when runners are grouped together, such as at registration points, starting pens and bag areas.

"But we eliminated all of that by having a rolling start, made possible because every runner wore timing chips, and everyone was spread out.

"It was a different atmosphere for what was quite a unique event, but it all went really well and several people wrote in to say how safe they felt."

The first runner home after the half-marathon was Luke Harrison who crossed the line in 1:16:36.3, while the first to finish the 10k was Philip Nind in a time just outside 36 minutes.

More runners starting the Long Sutton Spring 10k at University Academy Long Sutton.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-150320-033TW.
More runners starting the Long Sutton Spring 10k at University Academy Long Sutton.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-150320-033TW.

Martin said: "There were 257 runners, mostly from Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, who took part across the two races.

"I'd like to thank all of our runners who took part and adapted to the last-minute procedures that were put in place due to the current situation, along with our volunteer Race Makers without whom we couldn't have put on the event."

Runners set off on their 10k journey.Photo: SG-150320-035TW.
Runners set off on their 10k journey.Photo: SG-150320-035TW.

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