ASICS Oulton Park Half Marathon & 10K race review

 

The fourth edition of the ASICS Oulton Park Half Marathon & 10K took place last Sunday 26th February under overcast but dry 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 2nd April.

Of particular appeal to runners at Oulton Park is the smooth, traffic-free surface of the circuit, combined with an impressive finish straight in the pit late. The venue also provides plenty of vantage points for family and friends, and this year’s event welcomed many spectators to cheer on the competitors and contribute to the fantastic overall atmosphere on the day.

The action started at 10am when the start horn sounded for the ASICS Oulton Park 10K, consisting of 3 laps of the race circuit. Nicholas Hicketts of Stockport Harriers & AC and Sol Clark of Buxton AC were battling it out for the men’s title, with Hicketts claiming the in with a five second lead in a time of 00:36:09. The women’s race was dominated and won by Helen Sahgal of Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton Harriers, who finished in an excellent overall 6th position in 00:39:06.

The wind had gone up by the time the half marathon runners were lining up on the start line at 12.30pm, before covering 6 laps of the race circuit. Tom Charles of Trafford AC and Callum Rowlinson of Sale Harriers were leading the race, and a sprint finish saw Charles take the win in

01:10:37, twelve seconds ahead of Rowlinson. Ruth Moran of Horsforth Harriers won the women’s race in 01:28:14.

Results (provisional):

 

ASICS Oulton Park 10K (3 laps)

26/02/17, Oulton Park Motor Racing Circuit, Cheshire

 

MEN

1. Nicholas Hicketts (Stockport Harriers & AC), 00:36:09

2. Sol Clark (Buxton AC), 00:36:14

3. Gareth Dodd (Whitchurch Whippets), 00:36:36

 

WOMEN

1. Helen Sahgal (Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton Harriers), 00:39:06

2. Kerrie Harris (Chorlton Runners), 00:42:34

3. Sarah Hunter (Ackworth Road Runners), 00:43:04

 

ASICS Oulton Park Half Marathon (6 laps)

26/02/17, Oulton Park Motor Racing Circuit, Cheshire

 

MEN

1. Tom Charles (Trafford AC), 01:10:37

2. Callum Rowlinson (Sale Harriers), 01:10:49

3. Adam Peers (Wakefield Harriers AC), 01:11:55

 

WOMEN

1. Ruth Moran (Horsforth Harriers), 01:28:14

2. Katie Mchale (Wakefield Harriers AC), 01:34:14

3. Emma Wilkins (Baildon Runners), 01:35:50

 

The full results are available online at http://www.xtramileevents.com/results/2017/  .

 

Race Director Simon Hill commented: “The fourth ASICS Oulton Park Half Marathon and 10K was a huge success and we would like to congratulate every single competitor who crossed the finish line. The atmosphere was fantastic, and it was great to see so many athletes achieve their targets and enjoy a brilliant day of racing at such an iconic venue. A big thank you to our title sponsor ASICS, and we look forward to seeing many participants on the start line of the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in a few weeks.”

Cathy McGinnis, ASICS Marketing Manager UK & Ireland said: “We were thrilled to be involved again this year with the ASICS Oulton Park Half Marathon and 10K, which is a day of phenomenal sporting achievement. This is a key fixture in the UK running calendar as well as a perfect training event for the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon in April. It is always an honour to support runners on their journey.”

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