RUNNING: O’Brien is the first winner

This Is Wiltshire: Rifleman Dan Parrack competes on his hand bike Rifleman Dan Parrack competes on his hand bike

SWINDON Harriers’ Gary O’Brien won Sunday’s inaugural Persimmon Homes Malmesbury Half Marathon.

O’Brien completed the course in one hour, 16 minutes and 19 seconds – over two minutes clear of Simon Meare, of Swindon Striders.

Matthew Young was third in 1:18:50, while in the ladies’ race, Wootton Bassett Hounds’ Sam Kelly took the win in 1:29:52, followed closely by Nicola Denning (Cirencester AC) in 1:29:59 and Sudbury Joggers’ Louise Hampshre (1:32:13).

Also completing the course was Rifleman Daniel Parrack, who was badly injured by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan in 2009.

The High Wycombe-based competitor completed the course on his hand bike in 1:52:31, part of his training for a five marathons in five days challenge he has set himself next year.

Full race results: malmesburyhalfmarathon.co.uk

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