CHIPPENHAM HALF MARATHON: Sprint finish denies Nott a winning debut
4:20pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
Chippenham Half Marathon winner Sam Humphrey just edged out 13-mile debutant Simon Nott in a sprint finish on Sunday
CALNE’S Simon Nott was thrilled to come within a whisker of topping the podium in his first-ever 13- mile race after finishing second at Sunday’s Chippenham Half Marathon.
Nott, who turns 20 next Monday, became locked in a sprint finish with London runner Sam Humphrey and lost out by just a second, crossing the line in 1:10:39.
But the University of Bath student was delighted with his performance and says he’s preparing to step up to the next tier of competition in the coming months.
“I couldn’t really believe that I’d managed to run a 70 minute time in my first half marathon, especially after running a new 10k personal best time at the Melksham 10k just a week before,” said Nott, of Calne Running Club.
“I always felt like you should wait until you get to a certain age before you push the distance up but I coped with it really well. I’ve done a lot of 5k, 10k and 10-mile races this season and been doing really well but this was even better.
“The last mile was really tough but I can’t be too disappointed with not coming first after we both pushed each other so hard.
“It’s been a fantastic season. In the next year I think that it’s time to try and go a bit further afield to some of the more high-profile races.”
There was success for fellow Calne runner Denise Grech, who recorded a new personal best of 1:27:14 as she crossed the line as the second-fastest lady.
The 43-year-old, who runs for Calne SMaRTT club, admits she wasn’t expecting to secure such a positive result in her local half marathon.
“I only started competing seriously in May last year and the first half marathon I did properly was in Reading, where I got a time of 1:29:13,” said Grech, who also won the ladies’ vet over 35 category.
“I was racing alongside one of the guys from the club, who said that the pace we were going at was really fast, but I felt fine and we kept going like that.
“I’ve won quite a lot of local races this year (Foxtrot 5, Chippenham Longest Day, Chippenham River Run and Great Chalfield 10K).
“I don’t really have that much faith in myself but I think I need to realise that I’m a lot better than I think I am.”
Senior ladies: 1 Hilary Mott (CLC Striders) 1:26.09; 2 Victoria White 1:29.37; 3 Kate Farmer (Hogweed Trotters) 1:31.49.
Vet Ladies (35-44): 1 Denise Grech (Calne SMaRTT Running Club) 1:27:14; 2 Sarah Baxter (Team Bath AC) 1:27:44;3 Helen Mulhall (Bearbrook Joggers RC) 1:28:02.
Vet Ladies (45-54): 1 Sarah Chaloner (Poole AC) 1:28:03; Susanne Enhard (Compton Harriers RC) 1:29:16; Jessica Moore 1:39:09.
Vet Ladies (55-64): 1 Sue Smith 1:42:11; 2 Lindsey Dow (Team Bath AC) 1:45:57; 3 Philomena Mburu (Compton Harriers RC) 1:47:21.
Vet ladies (65+): 1 Valerine Brown 1:59:13; 2 Sue Thomas (Women on The Run) 2:09:45;3 Janice Rambridge (Team Bath AC) 2:19:09.
Vet men (40-49): 1 Guy Landon (Team Bath AC) 1:15:19; 2 Ian Harkness (Thames Hare & Hounds) 1:15:35; 3 Gareth Scourfield 1:20:24.
Vet men (50-59): 1 Ronnie Adams (Portsmouth Joggers Club) 1:13:59; 2 Tom Munt (Team Kennet) 1:19:05; 3 Charles Le Bek (Southville Running Club) 1:22:43.
Vet men (60-69): 1 Keith Robinson (Frome RC) 1:26:30; Jonathan Bateman (Road Runners Club) 1:30:16; 3 Ray Maddock (Hogweed Trotters) 1:39:20.
Vet (70+): 1 Andre Jurkiewicz, 2:10:35; 2 Peter Widdrington2:24:01; Stephen Ropher 2:51:42.
CHIPPENHAM Harriers’ new beginners nine-week course starts tomorrow at Chippenham Sports and Social Club. See chippenhamharriers. co.uk/beginners/index.php or email email@example.com.
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