St Albans Half Marathon is another smash success

St Albans Half Marathon: St Albans Mayor Cllr Salih Gaygusuz

St Albans Half Marathon: St Albans Mayor Cllr Salih Gaygusuz - Credit: Photo supplied

Competitors in the annual St Albans Half Marathon have praised organisers and marshals for being “absolutely brilliant”.

Close to 6,500 people took to the streets of St Albans on Sunday to participate in the half marathon, 5K and fun run.

Glen Watts set a new benchmark in the men’s race after winning in a time of one hour, nine minutes and 46 seconds - a course record for the half marathon.

The women’s race was won by Katie Rennie in one hour, 23 minutes and 58 seconds.

There were nearly 350 runners in the 5K race, which was won by Ben Clarke who recorded a time of 17 minutes and 44 seconds.

The fastest girl was Tabitha Weddell, who completed the race in 20 minutes and 25 seconds – eighth place overall.

Mark Caldwell, speaking for organisers 1Life, said: “It was fantastic to see the event so well supported again this year. The fun run and the 5K for those aged over 17 sold out for the first time ever.

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“Every year we seem to be getting bigger and better.”

Participants took to the half marathon’s Facebook page to pour praise on the event, saying it was well organised and a great community day, with a team from Malta “hoping to come out and conquer the track next year!”