Congratulations all round to the organising committee of the Harrow Half Marathon which was re-launched today with a new start and finish atop Harrow on the Hill in the grounds of the famous school.
In an event which saw several Olympians take part including race starter Mara Yamauchi (second on the UK all time list), there were 522 finishers in the half marathon and 143 turned out for the Roger Bannister mile won by Aiden Killeen in a sprightly (but not sub 4!) 5 minutes and 16 seconds with local MP Gareth Thomas doing the honours to bring the field home in a more relaxed time just inside 24 minutes.
The half marathon was won by Mohammed Ismael in 74:02 minutes which was very respectable considering the hilly nature of both the start and finish of the course with James Johnson second (78:48) and local Harrow School teacher James Ashton third in 79:20. Harrow School was in fact very well represented with no less than 5 of their teachers taking part in the event which both started and finished in the schools sports ground at the foot of the infamous Football Lane! Harrow teacher and Harrow AC athlete Lucy Ashe was first lady home in 84:43 with another Harrow athlete, Emily Antcliffe returning from a long layoff to place second in 86:01 and local Metros athlete Sasha Birkin third in 87:19.
Well done to all those who successfully competed today and for many of whom it was their first taste of half marathon racing. Also given the obvious success of the event, make sure you save the date for 2018’s event which will be announced here soon!