Newark Half Marathon & Fun Run

6 months 2 weeks ago #3897 by Jan Forrester
Thanks Dennis Holmes for report on Newark Half -Newark is a market town and civil parish and stands on the River Trent. Sconce and Devon Park date back to the 14th century and is the location of the Queen’s Sconce, an earthwork fortification that was built in 1646 during the First English Civil War, to protect the Garrison of King Charles I based at Newark Castle.
Today the park is not only the site of a listed ancient monument, but also the site of a Parkrun and the starting point (well just outside) of the Newark Half Marathon.
With £500 on offer to the fastest sub 70 minute male competitor and the same for the fastest sub 80 minute female The Eden Hall Middlebeck Newark Half Marathon attracted some of the finest athletes around in a field of 1,099 runners. 
On what is basically a flat and fast course, Newark leaves it to the forces of nature to throw in the odd curve ball to stop everyone simple trotting round to new PB’s. 
Last year the temperatures soared into the high 20’s whilst this time around we had a cooling headwind for most of the first 5 miles, then a bit of sunshine and warmth in the middle section of the course, followed by some blustery showers toward the end.
One of MACs finest Dan Howarth, took on the £500 challenge and left the start line like a hare out the trap. Unfortunately the pursuing greyhounds were led by Lincoln Wellington Athlete Joe Wilkinson who, perhaps more accustomed to a course with less than 100 feet of elevation, proceeded to complete the course in 67.31 thereby taking home the £500 bounty plus the not untrivial 1st place cheque of £75. Dan achieved the sub 70 minute standard finishing in 69.30, 4th position, such was the quality of the field.
The second MAC over the line in 28th place and a time of 79.45 was Dan Fletcher with 3rd man home in a new PB of 82.39 and 43rd place Paddy Wright, Birtie West MAC’s 4th counter continued his excellent run of form finishing in 84.33, 56th place.
In the ladies race MAC’s Shelley Fairey ran a fantastic time of 91.10 (122nd position) which in many other races would have earned a trophy. However such was the draw of the £500, 16 other ladies completed the course in sub 91.00 times with ladies race winner Samantha Harrison of Notts AC completing in 76.28.
Moving on to the best of the rest MAC’s, our 5th man home in 145th place and a time of 93.22 was James Thorneycroft. 6th and 7th MAC’s home in positions 154th and 168th in times of 94.14 & 95.16 were Andy Mellor and Dan Ashcroft, then followed Craig Cantrill, (281st/1.41.47), Dennis Holmes (381st/1.47.02), John Green (731st/2.06.19), Emma Fitzgerald (783rd/2.10.02) and finally Lisa Walton 1,054th/2.46.02.
There was also a Fun Run and a few Junior MACs took part.

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