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Course records tumble as running festival returns!

All six course records were smashed as the St Eds’ Running Festival returned for its second year on Sunday 28 October 2018.

Held at Abbeycroft Leisure’s Skyliner Sports Centre in Moreton Hall in aid of Bury Town Pastors, some 680 runners completed their choice of marathon, half marathon, 10k and fun run at the event.

Leading the pack in the Abbeycroft Leisure Marathon was Framlingham Flyer Adam Howlett, completing the 26.2 miles in two hours 48 minutes 36 seconds. First among the ladies to complete two laps of the
scenic course showcasing Rushbrooke, Bradfield St George, Rougham and Blackthorpe before returning to Bury St Edmunds was Puri Meseguer Bernal, beating her 2017 course record to cross the line in 03.38.47.

Completing one lap for the half marathon, Sean McKenna won the race in 01.17.44, ahead of the first lady to cross the line, Cambridge and Coleridge’s Katherine Hymers in 01.29.01.

In the 10k, home 
town boy and St Edmunds Pacer Christopher Poulding was the first home in 36.43, while the first woman to complete the 6.2 miles was Tamara Jordan in 41.10.

The runners of tomorrow contested the 1.2 mile fun run route through Moreton Hall’s scenic footpaths, with Samuel Blackwell the first boy to finish in 07.09, while the first girl to complete the distance was HaverSports’ trophy regular Isabel Moore in 07.57.

HaverSports director Jack Tappin said: “We’re really pleased that we were able to host this event for a second year, and that we attracted a lot of runners, both experienced enough to smash last year’s records with plenty of beginners taking part in their first run.

“We hope the great experience these runners had will see support swell and more enter next year so we can continue to promote athletics and a healthy lifestyle in Suffolk, and also that Bury St Edmunds’ businesses can support us in delivering these benefits for their town while supporting local charities. Our next event will be the Haverhill Running Festival on Sunday 9 April, with entries opening soon, so we hope that those athletes who competed at St Eds’ Running Festival will join us at Haverhill too to see how scenic all of our county is.”

Bury Town Pastors Co-ordinator, Jo Copsey said: “Bury Town Pastors support the local community by having Town Pastors patrolling the town centre streets on Friday and Saturday nights, helping people to have a safe night out. Events like this help to raise awareness of the important work we do, while contributing vital funds to support this work. It also gives our Town Pastor volunteers another opportunity to get out into the community and support an event that brings people together.”

Abbeycroft Leisure’s development director Alison Blackwell, who completed the 10k before running the fun run with sons Samuel and Matthew, said: “It was great to be involved in the running festival today and to see so many runners out in Bury St Edmunds. Ensuring people stay active and healthy is what Abbeycroft is all about, and our partnership with HaverSports provides another way of realising that goal through the various participation events we’ve worked on together throughout Suffolk.”

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