Chilly Brett Owler Winter Marathon sees competitors beat the cold temperatures.
Several hundred athletes braved the dropping temperatures on Sunday to race at the Brett Owler Winter marathon, half marathon and 10K. Many competitors travelled far and wide to attend the event including Norway, Yeovil and Northamptonshire.
The marathon started first with a two loop route around Conningbrook lake country park through Naccolt, Brook and Bulltown.
Alan Hilley, stormed ahead to win the marathon in 3.25.31. Just a minute later Mark Payne, Maidstone Harriers, finished in 3.26.31 and Robert McDonough completed the podium in 3.27.49.
The ladies winner Suze Gill had a clear lead and crossed the finish line in 3.37.05, with Kate Mitchell second in 3.44.26 with local runner Kath Atkinson of Ashford Striders third in 3.59.03.
The half marathon saw the largest field of athletes for the day with a one lap course of the marathon route.
Nick Collins, going one better than 2017, took the overall win in 1.21.27. Fergus Catmur came second in 1.28.02 with Alexander Ashton placing third in 1.30.44.
The ladies event was a close fought battle for first and second place with Imogen Bachra taking the win in 1.44.06 followed just 10 seconds later Emma Greatrix, Canterbury Harriers, in 1.44.16. Third place went to Linda-Jean Delport, Ashford Striders, in 1.45.00.
Tri Spirit Team had three runners in the half marathon, with Andy Stewart in his first race since racing at Ironman Italy finishing in 1.49.12. Sarah Peachey and Deb Milton crossed the finish line together in 2.05.12.
The last race to start was the 10K with a new out and back route following sections of the marathon route.
Mark Breed ran into the Julie Rose stadium with a clear lead on his nearest rival and crossed the finish line in 38.44. Jason Ransley, Folkestone Running Club took second place in 42.49. Third place went to Toby Bryant, Ashford Tri Club in 45.18.
First in the ladies was Chris Costiff, Tri Spirit Team/Ashford & District RRC blasted the field apart with an impressive 46.23. Followed by Phiona Lees in second place in 48.35 and Emma White, Ashford Run Together in third in 48.53.
Liz King, event director for Tri Spirit Events, said: “These events wouldn’t happen without our incredible crew of volunteer marshals including 1st Park Farm Scouts making the events run smoothly in freezing conditions. They are our heroes of the events. I would like to thank them all for this year for making the events such a success.
We also need to thank our sponsors Brett Group, Barretts Ashford Land Rover Jaguar for the loan of two vehicles and QiTeas for supplying prizes. And of course all of the competitors who braved the chilly conditions to take part today.”