Liversedge Half marathon

12th February 2012
Over 450 runners took the start of the 17th Liversedge Half Marathon on Sunday. With temperatures up on previous days and little in the way of wind, conditions were good for mid February.

The race gets underway

It wasn’t long before a group of three moved clear of the field, led by local and race regular Kevin Ogden (Spenborough AC). He was joined by Andrew Whittingham (Altrincham & District A.C.) and Carl Egdell (Hallamshire A.C). The three worked together to go though 3 miles with a lead of 20 seconds. The Ladies race was still very close with Kim Threadgall (Edinburgh AC) leading from 2011 winner Donna Edmondson Booker (Idle A.C) and Jacqui Khoueiry (Holmfirth Harriers) – the three covered by a handful of seconds.

Race Winners: Andrew Whittingham (Altrincham & District A.C.) and Kim Threadgall (Edinburgh AC)

By 7 miles and after a steep climb, Whittingham had moved clear on his own, Ogden was 10 seconds behind, with Egdell in third, a further 20 seconds down. In the Ladies race Edmondson Brooker had 15 seconds over Threadgall, with Khoueiry still hanging on to third.

Whilst the second half of the race doesn’t have the steep climbs of the first half, it does feature a 2-mile drag between 8 and 10 miles that can make or break a runners race.

Second: Carl Egdell (Hallamshire A.C) and Donna Edmondson Booker (Idle A.C)

Whittingham continued to pull away over the second half to win in 75 minutes 23 seconds, Egdell finished well over the closing miles for second (76:15), with Ogden safe in third (76:29) and first Vet. Altrincham & District AC packed well, with 4 runners in the top ten to take the team honours.

Third: Kevin Ogden (Spen A.C) and Jenny Latham (Wakefield District Harriers & AC)

In the Ladies race Threadgall was the strongest in the second half to run out a comfortable winner in the end in 86:12. Edmondson Brooker took second (87:36) and first Vet 35, with Jenny Latham (Wakefield District Harriers & AC) running well in the closing stages to take third (89:17). Holmfirth Harriers were the women’s team winners.

James Morris (Dewsbury Road Runners) and Jon Boote (Roberttown Road Runners)

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