Hornsea Rotary One Third Marathon National Championship
Sunday 10 April 2016
A huge thank you to everyone who took part in our eighth One Third Marathon on Sunday 10th April at Densholme Farm, Great Hatfield. The numbers have increased year after year, proving to be one of the most popular shorter runs in the north of England.
It was a great success, with more than 600 runners and supporters packing the country roads, which will enable the Rotary Club of Hornsea and East Riding to give Marie Curie Cancer Care an even bigger donation to help fund one or two nurses working in the East Riding.
The weather was exceptionally good for this Sunday spring morning, with sunshine and gentle breeze and was perfect for running.
Out of 500 who registered, 420 turned out to support this annual run.
A huge thank you to all the Rotary Club members, spouses and partners who worked so hard as an organised team and to our sponsors, Neil Hudgell solicitors, HPS Estate Agents in Hornsea, William's Farm Kitchen of Hornsea, and Tesco in Hornsea. Thanks also to the many young helpers from Hornsea Army Cadets, Canine Partners, Marie Curie associates and the Parish Councillors of Sigglesthorne and Great Hatfield. Special thanks go to Denys Fell from Densholme Farm, without whom we would not have achieved this, and all the fundraising team for their hard work in organising such an excellent event.
The top prizes of the day went to Steve Bateson from East Hull Harriers and Carla Stansfield of City of Hull AC for first places in male and female, respectively. First place in the Over 70 vet male went to Vic Shirley and Pam Atkins of Beverley AC for the Over 70 female. An exceptional prize for over 80 goes to Robert Thomson of Haltemprice RRC.
And now to the vexed problem of medals. Since the end of the race we have been inundated with complaints about the lack of a medal for every competitor at the end of the race. As Race Director, I put my hand up as being responsible for this confusion. After the race last year, we did a superficial straw poll to see if we should continue giving out medals or T shirts or donate more to our Charity. Based on that poll we decided to opt for giving out T shirts rather than medals and, as we now have introduced Chip Timing, put the entry fee for the race up to £15. I then found a large number of medals from previous years and decided to bring them along and offer them out as an alternative to T shirts. A BIG MISTAKE! It would appear that runners prefer medals, so next year we will offer all runners a medal. We apologise to any runner upset by losing out on a medal this year but sometimes in life we make mistakes. We put our hands up to that mistake.
Please support us again next year and we will do better. To access the results for 2016 go to: http://www.sportstimingsolutions.co.uk/rd.php?id=97
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For VIDEO CLIP of the DAY - click HERE