The online and offline debate continues unabated over how, when, where competition may open up across the country. Meanwhile, after three months away, there were plenty of road races dotted across the UK at the weekend.
Saturday April 3 saw the return of a number of events organised by Runthrough with a suite of races from 5k to marathon at Kempton Park Racecourse, located about 3k from the London Irish Rugby Ground near Sunbury-on-Thames.
Runthrough are a community based organisation. They say their events are “unpretentious and easy-going for all levels”.
At Kempton the races took place on laps around the flat quick circuit – 1 lap for the 5k, 2 laps for the 10k, 4 laps for the Half Marathon and 8 laps for the Marathon.
There were 196 finishers in the Half marathon. The winner was Elisha De Mello in an excellent distance debut time of 68:35 (68:24 chip).
Elisha is a member of Rugby & Northampton AC and competed in the Mayo AC colours in the Irish Runner 10 mile in July 2019 finishing 6th in 52:05.
As we look forward to the resumption of athletics training and events, some chinks of optimistic light are appearing through the dark curtain this pandemic has thrown around our world.
You can revisit the results from that July 2019 race here: