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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Silloth’s successful half-marathon

Nearly 100 runners took to the sands for Silloth’s second annual half-marathon.

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Picture postcard: From left, Blaine Rooney, of Cockermouth, runs along Silloth beach, with Peter Walker, Paul Coon, of Cockermouth, Ross Anderson and Julian Hatcher

Organisers of the 13.1-mile event saw competitors race across West Beach towards Dubmill Point and back on Sunday.

The event attracted more entries than last year’s inaugural run.

Last year’s run saw 57 people take part, but 95 turned up to take on this year’s challenge.

Runners set off from Station Road, along the dock area, onto the sands to Dubmill Point and then back again to Silloth.

There was also a 10k run which took in part of the half-marathon course to Beckfoot and back.

Bill James, one of the organisers and owner of Bank Mill Nurseries at Beckfoot, said: “It went very well. We had a lot of people booking on the day.

“The numbers of runners definitely shows it’s going up in popularity. I would just like to say thanks to everyone who joined in and made it a success.”

Julian Hatcher, of Carlisle, was the fastest man in the half-marathon in a time of one hour, 21 minutes.

The fastest woman was Cockermouth’s Dawn Pritchard in one hour, 57 seconds.

In the 10k event, the fastest man was Josh Dillon, of Whitehaven, who went round in 42 minutes, 59 seconds. Rose Thompson, of County Durham, was the quickest woman in a time of 59 minutes, 33 seconds.

Mr James added that preparations were already starting for next year.

Have your say

Well done Silloth! Carlisle should take note of what can be achieved by even a small community if they work together for the good of everyone instead of constantly talking and following their own self interested agendas.
Congratulations to all involved in all the great things happening in Silloth.

Posted by P Doff on 27 August 2014 at 18:02

Took part in the half marathon and really enjoyed it, a cracking, well organised event. I'll be first on the list of entries for next year.

Posted by John McGibbon on 22 August 2014 at 17:25

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