Stoke-on-Trent college lecturer wins Stafford Half Marathon

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A Stoke-on-Trent 6th Form College health and social care lecturer is celebrating after winning the Stafford Half Marathon for the fifth time.

Rebecca Harrison, 38, competed in her first race of the season and finished top of the women’s leaderboard with a time of just 1 hour 25 minutes and 57 seconds.

A record 4,000 runners completed the 13.1 mile course through Stafford’s countryside and roads.

Rebecca Harrison crossing the finish line

The half marathon started at 10am and the streets were lined with hundreds of supporters.

Starting from Stafford Street in the town centre, runners prepared themselves for the challenging route back to the Market Square.

Member of Cheddleton Running Club, Rebecca Harrison said: “It was an exhilarating feeling to win in my own county.

“Thank you to the team at Cole’s who have kept my body conditioned to enable me to continue doing what I love and enabled me to win – I am extremely lucky to have such great support!”

The town centre welcomed children and families to take part in a one-mile fun run following the half marathon runners.

Everyone from running groups, charity workers and solo runners took park and helped raise money for various charities.

Male winners 2017:

1st place: Jordan Weaver – 01:10:33
2nd place: Oliver Harradence – 01:12:37
3rd place: Martin Williams – 01:12:57

Female winners 2017:

1st place: Rebecca Harrison – 01:25:57
2nd place: Debroah Thomas – 01:26:51
3rd place: Sarah Lovewell – 01:27:47

 

 

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