Gallery: Winds fail to deter runners in Great Bentley half marathon

The start of the Great Bentley Half Marathon.

The start of the Great Bentley Half Marathon. - Credit: Lucy Taylor

More than 700 runners braved strong winds to tackle one of the most popular half marathons in Essex yesterday.

The 40mph gusts did little to deter those taking part in the Great Bentley Half Marathon, and they were treated to a scenic countryside course finishing on the famous village green.

The race, particularly popular with those training for the Virgin London Marathon, was won by James Connor from Kent AC.

Connor, already the course record holder, finished in 1:10:30, nearly a minute clear of second place Blair McWhirter, from Ilford AC.

Ipswich JAFFA’s Matthew Spencer was a close third in 1:11:58. He led the Suffolk club to the team prize along with Brad Jones (4th) and Gavin Davies (6th).

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Sara Bird was the leading female runner, finishing in an excellent 1:18:39.

Full race report due later this week.

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