A RECORD number of runners took part in this year’s Caterham Rotary Half Marathon and 10K event sponsored by local independent hospital North Downs Caterham.
This year the run was part of the British Masters Athletics Federation championships and they brought runners from home and abroad to compete in all age categories.
Karl Welborn won the half marathon in a time of 1 hour 13 minutes and 13 seconds with Elspeth Turner the first lady home in 1 hour 21 minutes 34 seconds. Andrew Inglis won the 10K in a new record time of 34 minute 59 seconds beating the previous record by an impressive 81 seconds. The first lady home in the 10k was Nicola Archer in 41 minutes 5 seconds. The distance of both events was linked to the roads surrounding Redhill Aerodrome including the village of Nutfield and was measured so that the event was approved and timed to count towards athlete’s performance records as required by UK Athletics. An extra water station was added bringing the total to eight on the half marathon course as it was hot and humid. Welcome bottles ofwater were given to every finisher along with a banana and a draw string bag from North Downs Hospital. Runners were encouraged to warm up again this year with Emily Watson of Bunny Hop Dance and Fitness who provided some very rigorous exercise routines so the runners were well and truly ready for the off.
Organiser of the event Caterham Rotarian Richard York said “More runners over two distances with more supporters enjoying a pleasant morning and loving every minute describes the Caterham Rotary event perfectly. We were raising funds for the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance and SERV SSL which provided the lead bikes in full Blood Bike livery. We were delighted that the new air ambulance helicopter was able to visit us for purely social purposes.”