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Olympics thought to be reason behind higher marathon entry

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: September 19, 2012

By Natalie Wakefield

Half marathon 2012

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THE LONDON 2012 Olympics is thought to have inspired 300 runners to take part in the Ashbourne Half Marathon.

Entries into the race were much higher than in recent years, with all 300 spaces for the event sold out.

And, entrants in the Fun Run on Sunday also showed some Olympic spirit, paying homage to Olympian Mo Farah by doing “The Mo” before the start of the race.

The Ashbourne Half Marathon and Fun Run is organised by Ashbourne Lions and Ashbourne Running Club with proceeds to Ashbourne Community First Responders.

On Sunday a number of other organisations helped with marshalling and refreshments including Ashbourne Ladies FC, Ashbourne Brownies, The 41 Club, The Rotary Club, Inner Wheel and Ashbourne Hockey Team.

Stepehn Tilsley, of Ashbourne Running Club, said: “This years Ashbourne Half Marathon and Fun Run events were both a roaring success.

“We sold out our limit of 300 places for the Half Marathon and enjoyed a healthy field of runners of all ages and abilities for the challenging Fun Run.

“The number of people entering the Half Marathon this year was well up on recent years with many new runners trying the event out and others returning to run it again.

“Post-Olympic enthusiasm for athletics was still alive and kicking in Ashbourne with the Fun Runners all doing The Mo before the start prompted by the ebullient and enthusiastic MC, Josie Winbow.

“Conditions for running were ideal, but there was a stiff head wind for the Half Marathon runners along Blore Pastures and through Okeover Park.

“There were again some strong performances from our local runners and some notable performances, particularly Ashbourne Running Club member Chris Patterson of Haywood Farm, Buxton Road, claiming second place overall and the Trophy for First Local Man and Tracey Greenway of Thorpe winning First Local Lady and finishing 5th Lady overall.”

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