Farnham Pilgrim 2017
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FARNHAM WEYSIDE ROTARY CLUB – An Eighth Successful Marathon
Great news for anyone finishing below 10th place in this year`s Half marathon, you have moved up one place, sadly a competitor (773) who came in 10th place has been removed from the results, he did not complete the course, he did not run with his timing tag and also tried to fabricate a time on his watch, Farnham Pilgrim Marathon committee and STS timing have put together a system to allow any Cheats to be found out, sadly its happened in this case…… we found him out!
On the good side….
Judged by the reactions of those who took part, this was one of the most successful Pilgrim Marathons organised by the Farnham Weyside Rotary Club. Some of the comments received were:
“This is a great event, great scenery, great route, challenging and certainly not boring. I will certainly be doing it again next year”
“My favourite! Yes it’s hilly and challenging but it’s beautiful and so so friendly. The water stops are plenty and stocked up with biscuits, bananas, cakes, mars bars you name it! The marshals are super friendly and encouraging.”.
“I loved it; fabulous hilly and scenic course, brilliant support from the marshals, well organised. Well done to the organisers for another excellent race.”
In all, 715 runners took part. We would like to congratulate The Marathon winner and Mens winner Lee Kemp from Waverley Harriers came home in an amazing time 2.51.09, 2nd Pere Capdevila, 3rd Hugh Aggleton, first women home was Sarah Bradbury from the Simon trust charity in 3.25.04, 2nd Sara Al-Kadhimi, 3rd Andrea Thomas. The Half marathon was won by Daniel Allaway 01:25:42 2nd male Matt Gallagher 3rd male Tom Robertson, women`s Half marathon winner was Lesley Locks 1.34.37 2nd Jaydee Peters 3rd Nicola Mckenzie.
The warm ups before the races were organised by Suzanne O`Callaghan of Lifestyle Fitness with the help of Georgi from Anytime fitness. The Marathon was started at 9.30am by David Gill, Chair of the Farnham Sports Council. The Half-Marathon was started, one hour later, by Richard Allen the Under 23 World Duathlon Champion. The Day started in cool but fine weather, ideal for running, but rain and wind came in towards the end of the day.
There were many runners raising money for good causes. Particularly unusual were a couple dressed as bride and groom, Oliver and Veronique Haynes. They were raising funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK and, in particular, Harry, a little boy at their son’s school.
Three of the runners, Jamie Holmes, David Bone and Darren Strachan used this event as training for their entry in the Spartathlon in Greece later this month. This race replicates the run of an Athenian in 490BC who ran the 155 miles (250kms) between Athens and Sparta in one day. To this end, these three runners started off on the Half Marathon, followed by the full Marathon and then ran the Half Marathon course again.
Particularly pleasing for the Farnham Weyside Rotary Club was that one of their members, Alastair Shanks, took part in the Half Marathon this year, recording a very creditable time of 1 hour 43 minutes.
For those who came along to support friends and family there were plenty of things to enjoy at the Seale Recreation Ground, including a Family Walk. There was plenty to eat and drink with bacon baps, tea, cakes, coffee from the Hobo coffee van, beer from Frensham Brewery and glasses of Prosecco from the Popped van. Members of Farnham Weyside Rotary Club were kept busy looking after the administration, and the whole event relied heavily on the more than 200 volunteers who came along to marshal and help with many other tasks. To them and to all the sponsors, including the Farnham Herald, BBS ltd, Alton sports and Castles the club is extremely grateful.
The water was supplied by Specsavers, South east water and goody bags by Anytime fitness, Bananas by Fyffes all supplied Free.
Also can we mention that we are very grateful for all the runners for helping with quickly taking down the small marquees in the high winds.
Next years Date 9th September 2018
There will be an early bird entry of 2017 prices before March … opens next week
For more information about the Farnham Pilgrim Marathon see their website www.farnhampilgrim.org.uk and their Facebook page. For Farnham Weyside Rotary Club, see the website, www.farnhamweyside.org.uk, their Facebook page or contact the Secretary, John Cattell, on 01252 715048, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org © Farnham Weyside Rotary Club