The leafy streets of West London were filled today, Sunday 30th September, as runners from over 30 different countries took part in the seventh edition of the Ealing Half Marathon.
The multi award-winning autumn race sold out several weeks in advance and saw thousands of runners of all levels take on the well-supported 13.1-mile route and soak up the famous #EalingFeeling.
Lining up at the start were lots of club runners, including a large contingent of Ealing Eagles, as well as many runners raising money for charity including Alzheimer’s Society and Cancer Research UK. A lot of locals had chosen Ealing Half Marathon as their first half marathon, and many fancy dress costumes were spotted – including a caterpillar, rhino and banana man. British long-distance runner and two-time Olympian Mara Yamauchi was also in the running crowd, as well as a group of runners from Ealing’s twin town Marcq-en-Barœul in France who had made their annual trip to West London.
Thousands of spectators lined the route and the atmosphere was superb, as has come to be expected of this much-loved community event.
The race was started promptly at 9am by popular endurance runner Susie Chan, and Friend of Ealing Half Marathon Lisa Emerson who then jumped in to complete her 7th Ealing Half.
After running neck and neck from the start, Jonathan Poole of Serpentine Running Club and Paul Martelletti were battling it out for the title on the last leg in Lammas Park, with Poole defending his title and taking the win in 1:09:02, seven seconds ahead of Martelletti. Ollie Garrod of Epsom and Ewell Harriers came third in 1:09:35.
The women’s title was claimed by Rachel Thomas of Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets, who crossed the finish line in 1:20:28, a minute and ten seconds ahead of runner up Josie Hinton of London Heathside. Martha Lloyd, also of Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets, secured the third place on the podium with a time of 1:22:05.
Ealing Half Marathon followed a hugely successful Ealing Mini Mile yesterday, Saturday 29th September, which was sponsored by St Augustine’s Priory and had 1,700 entries from young runners aged 6-16 who completed their own mile race in Lammas Park. For the first time this year the event included a Family Mini Mile for children aged 5 and under, and it proved to be a fantastic precursor to half marathon race day.
RESULTS (provisional): Ealing Half Marathon, 30th September 2018
- Jonathan Poole (Serpentine Running Club), 1:09:02
- Paul Martelletti, 1:09:09
- Ollie Garrod (Epsom and Ewell Harriers), 1:09:35
- Rachel Thomas (Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets), 1:20:28
- Josie Hinton (London Heathside). 1:21:38
- Martha Lloyd (Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets), 1:22:05
For all results please go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com/results/
Race Director Sandra Courtney commented, “The 2018 Ealing Half Marathon has been an overwhelming success, congratulations to every single person who crossed the finish line today. We were delighted with the turnout on this beautiful autumn day and would like to thank all our runners and spectators for making this seventh anniversary event so special. It was amazing to welcome runners from so many different countries again and Ealing has been buzzing with excitement all weekend!
“Huge thanks go to all of our volunteers, marshals, pacers, sponsors, partners, local businesses and residents for their support in delivering another first-class event.
“Entries to the 2019 Ealing Half Marathon open tomorrow at midday, this will be your chance to enter our multi award-winning closed roads event at the lowest possible price from just £38. Don’t miss out on that special early bird rate, and we are looking forward to seeing you in 2019!”
Sponsors of the 2018 Ealing Half Marathon included St Augustine’s Priory, Bodyline Fitness, Move Clinics, Portdevon Holdings, As You Like It Building Services, JogPost, The New Inn, Fuller’s and Up & Running.
The 2019 Ealing Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 29th September and entries will open at midday on Monday 1st October.
Go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com for further race info and details of the 2019 event. You can also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/ealinghalf and follow @EalingHalf #EalingFeeling on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all the latest news about Ealing Half Marathon.