Despite wind and rain runners triumph in the second annual half marathon

Lowestoft Half Marathon. Robert Chenery, Ipswich Jaffa, crosses the fiinish line. Pictures: Mick How

Lowestoft Half Marathon. Robert Chenery, Ipswich Jaffa, crosses the fiinish line. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of hardy runners took part in half marathon battling against the element.

Lowestoft Half Marathon. Robert Chenery, Ipswich Jaffa, crosses the fiinish line. Pictures: Mick How

Lowestoft Half Marathon. Robert Chenery, Ipswich Jaffa, crosses the fiinish line. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

A total of 407 took part in the 13.1 mile (21km) race around Lowestoft despite the wind and the rain on Sunday.

Becky Lawler from Nicholsons Solicitors, who organise the now annual Lowestoft Half Marathon with the Lowestoft Road Runners, said it had been a fabulous event.

She added: 'The race is supported by Lowestoft Road Runners, who are the friendliest running club I have ever come across and not only that they swooped up both team prizes.

'Lowestoft Road Runners also provided me with the majority of my marshals, I have had lots of wonderful comments about how supportive they were too.

Participants in the Lowestoft Half Marathon 2017 which raised money for Break. Photo: Hillier James

Participants in the Lowestoft Half Marathon 2017 which raised money for Break. Photo: Hillier James Photography - Credit: Hillier James Photography


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'I am always pleasantly surprised at just how friendly and supportive the running community are, they always take the time to congratulate me and thank me and my team for hosting the event, which I think is really sweet.'

'Nicholsons Solicitors are very proud organisers of Nicholsons Lowestoft Half Marathon and are excited for what the future holds.'

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The race raises money for the Break charity which raises money for children in care across the region.

A spokesman for the charity said: We couldn't provide our vital services without the people who support us.'

The winner was Robert Chenery from Ipswich JAFFA, whose time was 1:17:50, he come second in the Great East Run the weekend before and second in the Lowestoft half marathon last year.

Second place went to Lee cook with a time of 1:18:42 and third to Jim Last from Framlingham Flyers with 1:19:55.

The first woman over the line was Sarah Baxter from Bath AC who ran a time of 1:26:45.

The half marathon started at Ness Point with a time limit for runners to complete the course in three hours.

The course is a two-lap route beginning and ending at the bottom of the Lowestoft sea wall, approximately 200 yards north of Ness Point.

Runners will headed north towards the turning point at the Corton Inn Pub, also known as the Corton Hut, before returning to the start/finish line.

Water stations were located at Gunton Cliff and the Corton Inn with runners taking water approximately every two to three miles.

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