On a humid mid summers day, 33 Malvern Joggers ran the Malvern Half Marathon incorporating the Worcestershire County Championships. The start of all three Acorns Triple Run events, the Half Marathon, the 5k Woodland Trail and the 1k Fun Run, began at the same time at the Three Counties Showground and finished under the same arch.
The half marathon course was run mostly on quiet country lanes and was gently undulating through the Worcestershire countryside between the Malvern Hills and the River Severn. There was one climb from the road junction at 1.5 miles to Hook Bank then the route took runners to Clive’s Fruit Farm, onto the Hanley Road, through Hanley Castle, left into Hangman’s Lane, joining the Hanley Swan road for 2 miles into Hanley Swan. The route then went through the Blackmore Park Industrial estate for 2 miles before emerging on Blackmore Park Road for the last mile to the traffic lights with a switchback into the Three Counties Showground and the finish.
Malvern Joggers were led home by Henry Walker in 6th place in a time of 1:22:35. Jon Newey was 9th overall in a time of 1:23:39 and won the 3rd MV40 trophy. Other Malvern Joggers were Steve Beldon (1:30:50), Ben Toon (1:33:33), Stuart Day (1:36:37), Trevor Matty(1:36:50), Megan Judge (1:39:58), Matthew Lancett (1:41:49), Greg Innes (1:42:43), Tristan Mitchell (1:43:51), Jon Pickering (1:43:54), Ian Walwyn (1:49:12), Julie Westcott (1:50:52), John Bryan (1:51:20), Julie Caseley (1:52:38), Mark Cooling (1:52:58), Debbie Parker (1:53:06), Paul Webb (1:53:22), Catherine James (1:54:13), Glyn Davies (1:55:14), Rachel Cashmore (1:56:17), Steve Roode (1:59:18), Andy Lyon (1:59:22), Sam Marshall (1:59:57), Chris Jolley (2:00:57), Julia Heron (2:01:25), Emily Priest (2:04:30), Alison Priest (2:04:30), Andrew Gallagher (2:07:52), Lucy Gallagher (2:08:03), Mike Spragg (2:18:03) and Lorraine Bunn (2:23:40).
The following Malvern Joggers also won County Championship medals:-
Senior Female – Megan Judge (bronze medal)
FV40-49 – Alison Priest (gold medal – County Champion)
FV50-59 – Julie Caseley (gold medal – County Champion)
MV40-49 – Stuart Day (silver medal)
MV40-49 – Trevor Matty (bronze medal)
MV50-59 – Paul Webb (bronze medal)
The team gold and County Champions were Malvern Joggers with Henry Walker, Ben Toon and Stuart Day.