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Warm reception for inaugural St Eds' Running Festival

Close to a thousand runners took part in the inaugural St Eds’ Running Festival on Sunday 29 October.

The Unique Bars Running Festival held at Moreton Hall’s new Skyliner Sports Centre on Sunday in aid of Bury Town Pastors, and also the West Suffolk Hospital charity My WiSH.

First among the 362 completing the Kent Blaxill Half Marathon was Stephen Dunne in one hour 21 minutes three seconds, with the first lady to cross the finish line Claire Dann in one hour 34 minutes 20 seconds.

Oliver Knott was the first of 74 in the Abbeycroft Leisure Marathon in a time of two hours 51 minutes 43 seconds, while the first woman home was Puri Meseguer Bernal in three hours 51 minutes 21 seconds.

Unfortunately the Knights Lowe 10k course ended up falling a little short of the distance due to an error in misdirection, with the 398 runners instead completing around 9.5km. Robert Smailes won the race in 35 minutes six seconds, with Tamara Jordan the first woman to cross the line in 37 minutes eight seconds. A further 78 runners of all ages also completed the HaverSports Fun Run.

HaverSports director Jack Tappin said: “We had such a great turn out for this inaugural event – we were hoping for 500 runners, so to have over a thousand sign up was fantastic. It shows how well supported sport is in Bury St Edmunds, and we were able to enjoy a fantastic venue at which to offer these events.

“We’re aware of the error that impacted on the 10k race, and by way of apology for that are offering a free 10k place to our runners who were affected, with the Haverhill Running Festival coming up on Sunday 11 March a great opportunity to use that. I want to thank out sponsors who made this possible, our beneficiaries who worked with us to realise this, all our marshals who got our runners round safely, but most of all our runners who took part to make this such a successful inaugural event.”

Dominic Creffield, manager of Unique Bars, said: “It was great to have so many runners competing in Bury St Edmunds, and we’re pleased to have been able to throw our support behind this event. We hope that the running community of Bury St Edmunds and beyond will continue to support this event so it can grow bigger and better in future years and continue to raise money for these fantastic causes.”

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