Chelmsford Marathon and 5K
This was the third successful year of the Marathon. Organisers at The J’s were very lucky with the weather and the fine autumn morning and dry ground encouraged late entrants to sign up on the day for both events.
By the time the Marathon runners were lined up outside Shire Hall in the High Street, 860 people had registered. The race was started at 9am by Matt Mackay, the Drivetime presenter from Heart Essex. He cheered the runners on as they surged through the city centre and out towards Springfield Park Road, before running through Central Park and heading west into the beautiful Essex countryside.
The first finishers from the 5K crossed the finishing line in Central Park at about 10.30am. Matt and Dynamo presented James Bosher and Elisavet Mendrinou with their fastest male and female 5K trophies.
Meanwhile, the Marathon runners passed through Writtle College, Roxwell and Willingdale before heading to the finish at Central Park. In the men’s race, first across the line was Stuart Leaney who finished in 2 hours and 31 minutes, followed by last year’s winner, Crispian Bloomfield from Billericay Striders, in 2 hours and 36 minutes and then Samuel Cornforth from Springfield Striders in a time of 2 hours and 43 minutes.
The ladies’ Marathon race was won by Emma Prideaux from Billericay Striders (who came second last year) in 2 hours and 56 minutes. Paula Rutherford from the Ful-on Tri club came in second with a time of 2 hours and 57 minutes with Melanie Staley crossing the line in third place in 3 hours and 9 minutes. They were presented with their trophies by The Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Patricia Hughes.
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