THE Milltown Races Oldham Half Marathon took the town by storm with 278 runners pounding the streets from Oldham to Saddleworth on Sunday (Oct 28).
Gareth Raven, from Sale Harriers, and Eleanor Davies, of Preston Harriers, were crowned male and female winners of the 13.1 mile race, which is renowned for being one of the most challenging half marathons in the UK. Gareth finished in 1:15.02 while Eleanor recorded a time of 1:22.28.
Second place went to Jan Pichl (1:15.43) from Salford Harriers and third place went to Michael Mannings (1:17.42) from Oldham & Royton Harriers and AC.
The second fastest female entrant was Vicky Wright (1:26.27) from Hyde Village Striders and Gaynor Keane (1:36.38) from Saddleworth Runners came third.
A crowd of more than 200 spectators were in attendance to cheer the racegoers on, creating a fantastic atmosphere.
The event was organised by Oldham Community Leisure. In total there were 277 finishers who made it round the difficult course – just one runner, Bruno Lima, the winner from the last two years, didn’t make it round the course due to injury.
Race director Patrick Wolstenholme said: “The Oldham Half Marathon has become a firm fixture in the race calendar, in part thanks to its challenging course, which features more than 1,100ft of ascent, and also thanks to the amazing atmosphere local spectators provide.
“This year’s event was an unmissable experience. The positive feedback since the event has been overwhelming, and I’d like to thank all the local businesses who offered their support, the volunteer marshals and local people for turning out to cheer on the runners.
“We wish Bruno Lima, last year’s winner runner who was forced to pull out due to injury, a speedy recovery. Although it was a chilly day, the sunshine was glorious and made the views of Oldham to Saddleworth Moor and back even more beautiful.”