Couple take podium positions at the 2019 Wiggle Manchester Half
The fourth annual Wiggle Manchester Half took place on Sunday 13th October welcoming thousands of runners and spectators to the streets of Greater Manchester. With nearly 16 000 people signed up, this blockbuster event was set to become the city’s biggest ever half marathon.
Runners packed into the start funnel expecting a torrent of rain but were left pleasantly surprised as the clouds quickly passed, delivering only a smattering of drizzle.
As the clock struck 9 thousands of anxious yet enthusiastic runners were ready to take on the fast, flat and friendly course, perfect for beginners, charity runners and elite athletes looking for a PB or qualifying time. The men’s elite wave were first off the start line and for much of the race it was all to play for until former GB representative, Ben Connor, took the lead at the 15km mark. Maintaining an unrivaled pace for the final 6.1km, he crossed the line with a time of 1:03:12, his fastest half marathon time for 2019.
Previous GB vest wearing, and partner of the Men’s winner, Lily Partridge, was first in in the women’s race, nailing a time of 1:13:45. In second and third place for the women were New Balance Manchester squad members Jip
Vastenburg, with a time of 1:14:18 and Elinor Kirk, with a time of 1:16:13.
A strong field of 14 wheelchair athletes crossed the finish line on Sunday. In the mens race, Samuel Kolek of Kirkby Milers AC quickly took the lead and was first to cross the line in a record breaking 52:50, knocking more than 2 minutes off the previous year’s record breaking performance by Josh Harley, who finished the 2020 event in at a close second. Anton Shepard, also of Kirkby Milers AC, took home third.
Ellie Page of Coventry Godiva Harriers was the first woman through the finish line in a time of 1:19:42. In second place was Elizabeth McTernan, with a time of 1:24:56.
Nick Rusling, CEO of the Wiggle Manchester Half and Manchester Marathon said: ““Massive congratulations to all who came to participate and to those who came to cheer the runners on.
“This event is now firm part of the running calendar and Manchester fitness scene. We’ve shown that we have inspired loads of new people as well as putting on a quick race for the regulars. For those that fancy stepping up we hope to see all of you again at the Manchester Marathon in Trafford, and Manchester city center in April.”
Sarah Berry, Race Director of the Wiggle Manchester Half, said “This is the fourth time the Manchester Half has taken place. It is really proving itself as the flattest, fastest and friendliest course in the UK, with records being broken year on year.”
The Wiggle Manchester Marathon aims to truly represent all the wonderful people of Manchester and celebrate their achievements. Whilst continuing to be know as a friendly and diverse run, the organisers are keen to ensure it that the event epitomises Manchester’s inclusive nature and a drive toward sustainability in the events coming years.
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