140 runners take to Thetford’s streets and country tracks for second marathon event

Isaac Nugent, winner of the full marathon at the Thetford Iceni Marathon event.

Isaac Nugent, winner of the full marathon at the Thetford Iceni Marathon event. - Credit: Archant

140 runners from across the UK pounded the streets of Thetford for the town's second half marathon and full marathon event.

The route passed historical sites of the town before picking up the Angles Way to Euston.

The event on Sunday, named the Iceni Marathon, has tripled in size since the inaugural run last year.

Male full marathon winner Isaac Nugent (pictured) set a course record of three hours 18 minutes. The female marathon winner was London runner Sunny Calitz-Patel in four hours 22 minutes.

Half marathon winners were Karl Baxter from Northumberland, and Stacey Harper from Norwich in one hour 40 minutes.

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Des and Allan Talbot celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary by running together, finishing in six hours 39 minutes.

Blind runner Paul Watts from the 100 Marathon Club was guided round by Mandy Harley and they both finished the tough terrain course in 6 hours 9 minutes.

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Carol Goodwin from St Ives, Cambridgeshire, completed her 100th marathon in 6 hours 57 minutes. Race director Mel Sturman said: I'm delighted with how the event went. The credit must also be shared with the high number of volunteers who gave up their entire Sunday to support the event.

'I am pleased how we have tripled in size and it is particularly lovely to watch runners complete their first half or full marathons.'

Plans are already underway for a third event in September 2017.

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