2018 ASICS Oulton Park Half Marathon & 10K Event Review

The fifth edition of the ASICS Oulton Park Half Marathon & 10K took place last Sunday 25th February under bright blue skies, and proved once again to be a fantastic event at an exclusive venue.

Taking place at the famous Oulton Park motor racing circuit in Cheshire, the ASICS Oulton Park Half Marathon & 10K is always keenly anticipated by club runners of all levels from the surrounding areas, who enjoy celebrating the start of the road running season at this unique event. Many runners were also using the event as a training race for the upcoming ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday 8th of April.

At 10am the ASICS Oulton Park 10k run started, consisting of 3 laps of the race course. In the men’s race it was Andrew Miles from the Vale Royal Athletics Club that took the victory in a time of 33:42, with Peter Butler and ASICS frontrunner coming in second with a time of 34:34 and third place went to Jack Schofield in a time of 34:37. In the women’s race it was Helen Sahgal from Mersey Tri Club, who won with an impressive time of 38:55, beating Sarah Hunter (Ackworth Road Runners) and Melanie Johnson (Vale Royal Athletics Club) with their respective times of 42:53 and 43:53.

At 12.30pm, over 1,000 runners were lead onto the Oulton Park race track for the start of the ASICS Oulton Park Half Marathon, about to tackle 6 laps of the race circuit. Matthew Shaw from the Salford Harrier finished first in a time of 1:12:30 and Timmy Davies came in 2nd place with a time of 1:18:50 overtaking Patrick Babb by 7 seconds (1:18:57). In the female race Gemma Connolly from St.Helen’s broke her own course record set in 2015 (1:21:34) by 2 and a half minutes coming in at 1:19:00. Gemma has won our challenge and will receive a TOMTOM Fitness watch worth £200! Taking 2nd place was Catharine Young from Claremont Road Runners in a time of 1:28:32 and Rachel Gavin in 1:32:54 taking 3rd.
Results (provisional):

ASICS Oulton Park 10K (3 laps)
25/02/15, Oulton Park Motor Racing Circuit, Cheshire

1. Andrew Miles (Vale Royal Athletics Club), 00:33:42
2. Peter Butler, 00:34:34
3. Jack Schofield, 00:34:37

1. Helen Sahgal (Mersey Tri Club), 00:38:55
2. Sarah Hunter (Ackworth Road Runners), 00:42:53
3. Melanie Johnson (Vale Royal Athletics Club), 00:43:53

ASICS Oulton Park Half Marathon (6 laps)
25/02/18, Oulton Park Motor Racing Circuit, Cheshire

1. Matthew Shaw (Salford Harriers), 01:12:30
2. Timmy Davies 01:18:50
3. Patrick Babb 01:18:57

1. Gemma Connolly (St. Helen’s) 01:19:00
2. Catharine Young (Claremont Road Runners) 01:28:32
3. Rachel Gavin 1:32:54

The full results are available online at http://xtramileevents.com/results/2018/