The Surrey Half Marathon is a race with a twist. Last year’s inaugural event started in Guildford, the course taking runners on a six and a half mile route up to Woking before looping round and heading back down to Guildford. This year the start line was in Woking and participants made their way southward to Guildford and back, keeping the route a little bit fresh.
Almost 5,000 runners gathered in the early morning sunshine, the breeze reminding everyone that spring had not yet fully sprung. On the start line for Team Run-Fast: Sammy Nyokaye and Peter Limo in their first races outside of Africa, British athlete Paul Martlelletti and Mercyline Ondieki in the women’s race.
Having just arrived in London on the Friday the Kenyan athletes really felt the chill and set out at a conservative pace, covering the first mile in 5.07 and passing through 10km in just over 30 minutes. Having sufficiently warmed up by this point Nyokaye and Limo, running side by side for the most part, really started to shift, taking the next half of the race at 29 minute 10km pace. It was Noykaye who edged ahead in the final few meters, pipping Limo to the tape by one second in a new personal best time of 62:41. Paul Martelletti, who was testing out his race pace for the Manchester Marathon, cruised into third place in 68:44.
At the Ribarroja Half Marathon in Spain, Gladys Yator took a confident win whilst knocking 19 seconds off of her personal best time. Gladys will also compete at the first edition of the North London Half.