Course records crumble at Haverhill Running Festival 2019
More than half of Haverhill’s course records were broken as the town’s running festival returned for its sixth year.
Some 411 runners completed their choice of race as Haverhill Runs – the Phoenix Events East Running Festival 2019 was held at the town’s leisure centre on Sunday 7 April.
Held in aid of Haverhill Town Pastors, the popular event saw entrants choose from either the 26.2 mile HaverMara, the undulating 10k, the family fun run, or HaverHalf – the JMP Furniture Solutions Half Marathon.
Both men’s and women’s records were broken over the 13.1 mile half marathon, with Sean McKenna smashing a record that had stood since 2015 to become the first runner to complete the course in under 80 minutes, crossing the finish line in one hour 17 minutes 13 seconds. For the ladies, Nicki Davis broke her own course record to come home in 1.28.32.
Kieran Hayles set a new Haver10 record by completing the 6.2 mile course in 35 minutes 47 seconds, with the first woman to finish Hayley Coates in 45.06. In the marathon, an incredible performance saw Steve Falgate shave almost ten minutes off the record set last year, covering the distance in an impressive 3.02.46. Gail Bevan was the first woman to complete the course in 4.02.14.
HaverSports director Jack Tappin said: “It was great to see so many runners turn out to support the event we launched with and that continues to grow. While we are a family friendly race and hugely welcoming of beginner runners, the number of records broken this year shows that we’re also attracting some high caliber runners to continue to better the records set in previous years. Now we’re waiting for 2020 to see if we can have our marathon course completed in under three hours!
“I want to thank all our supporters, including our volunteer marshals, those who cheered our runners on, Abbeycroft Leisure for the use of their facilities, and our sponsors Phoenix Events East (Ltd) and JMP Furniture Solutions. Most of all though I want to thank our runners who made this event possible, and we hope they’ll continue to support our events and allow us to grow running in Haverhill. Our next event is the Fritton Lake Triathlon Festival on the weekend of 15 and 16 June, so hopefully we’ll see an equally impressive number of competitors at that too!”
Adam Harding, from festival sponsor Phoenix Events East (Ltd), added: “We’re proud to support events that benefit the community, with events like this bringing people together in running, in cheering on the athletes, and in supporting local good causes. It was great to see so many people taking part, and we congratulate all those who competed.”
You can see the full results from Haverhill Runs – the Phoenix Events East Running Festival 2019 by clicking here.