Penarth and Dinas Runners enjoy Bristol Half Marathon
1:02pm Monday 16th September 2013 in Penarth sport
PENARTH and Dinas Runners took part in the Bristol Half Marathon as it celebrated its 25th Silver Anniversary on the weekend.
Up to 20,000 runners took part in the 13.1mile run around Bristol city centre on Sunday, September 15.
The race started on the Harbourside and began with a roughly six mile loop, out and back, along the Portway under the Clifton suspension bridge.
After the loop the course snaked around Bristol city centre before finishing back on the Harbourside.
The first wave of runners began at 9.30am, with the second wave of runners starting at 10am in a bid to reduce congestion during the race.
Richard Jackson-Hookins was the first Penarth runner to cross the finish line as he took off eight minutes from his personal best (PB), in his second attempt at running a half marathon, with a time of 1.21.24.
Chris Seal was next as he took three minutes off his PB with a time of 1.33.43.
Marc Durkin took three minutes off his personal best and ran under one hour 40 minutes for the first time with 1.38.39.
Paul Furlong finished with a time of 1.42.35.
Ruth Owens was the first woman from Penarth and Dinas Runners to cross the finish line with a PB of 1.43.17.
Lindsey Hunt ran under two hours for the first time, after narrowly missing out last year, with a PB of 1.56.12.
Yvonne Williams, who along with Ruth, Lindsey and Anne Wendt is running the Loch Ness Marathon in two weeks, finished in 1.56.15.
Anne Wendt achieved a PB of 1.58.25.
Paul Whitmarsh finished in 2.02.58.
Unfortunately Gary Brown had to pull out of the race after five miles with a knee injury.
Penarth and Dinas Runners meet every Monday evening at Penarth Leisure Centre at 7pm.