The Severn Bridge Half Marathon on 24 August was greeted enthusiastically by the running community, many of whom relished the chance to run across the Severn. Seven Dursley runners were among the starters at Chepstow: Jon Tudor, Kevin Jackson, Brad Johnson, Alice Lewis and Mouse Clutterbuck running under their own names, and Kate Browning and Kevin Proctor running under aliases.
The route was advertised as offering “something a bit different from your average 'run-of-the-mill' city half marathon: stunning views, sea air, scenic country lanes and villages and the opportunity to participate in the first ever running event to use the motorway carriageway across the iconic Severn Bridge.” It started at the Western (Chepstow) end of the Severn Bridge, and after the crossing followed the B4661 towards Thornbury. A 5 mile loop along country lanes from Elberton, through Littleton upon Severn and Kington took runners back to the bridge, which was crossed via the northern pedestrian route on the return.
Kevin came home first for Dursley, 4 minutes ahead of Brad. Kate had a good race and was first Dursley woman in, well ahead of Alice and so re-asserting herself after the Standish Woodland Chase! Jon had a good race. Alice claimed third in her age group and also pipped Mouse across the line. Kevin Proctor, competing in his first half marathon for the club, s pleased with his time, particularly as he’d swum ‘the roughest open water swim ever’ on the previous day, tackling a 1 mile swim in Loch Lomond with weather so bad that some of the marker buoys flew away …
Results: Kevin Jackson 86th (8th MV50) 01:28:56; Brad Johnson 127th 01:31:449 (PB); Kate Browning 1:40:32; Jon Tudor 432nd 01:42:13; Alice Lewis 01:46:12 568th (3rd FV55); Mouse Clutterbuck 607th 01:47:05; Kevin Proctor 2:21
Kevin Proctor 1 mile Loch Lomond swim 31:34 (the prizes were presented by Kevin’s cousin, Olympic open water swimming star Kerri-Anne Payne).