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Anniversary Stafford half marathon a great success

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 16, 2014

By Dave McLean

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TWO new names were added to the Stafford half marathon roll of honour in the 30th anniversary race on Sunday.

Overall race success went to 34-year-old Carl Moulton of the Boalloy club who picked up his first Stafford title, crossing the Market Square finish line in 73.31.

He finished nearly two minutes clear of second and third place runners, Stafford Harriers clubmates Matt Woodman (75.13) and former race winner Chris Hollinshead in 75.14.

Moulton had completed the Stafford 20-mile race the prevous weekend, although he insisted that was only a training run exercise for his main target this year, next month's London Marathon, when he will make his first bow in the capital.

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While that will be his London debut, it will be likewise for the 2014 ladies winner, international Claire Martin (Telford) who was an excellent ninth overall in 79.02.

She was hoping to push for the Stafford course record, but a strong breeze on the day thwarted her, but she still finished over three minutes clear of second place, and former ladies champion Rebecca Harrison (Cheadle RC) who clocked 82.19. In third was Catherine Charlton in 84.51.

The Stafford Borough Council promotion again proved a great sporting spectacle, attracing 2,500 entries for the half marathon, while around 1,000 took part in the school and family fun run.

Among those taking in the one mile fun run around the town were a group representing Support Stafford Hospital, including Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy, dressed as a smurf!

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