Sullivan takes the marathon honour

Blackpool Marathon attracted hundreds of runners and (below) Carmel Sullivan wins the Half-Marathon.

Blackpool Marathon attracted hundreds of runners and (below) Carmel Sullivan wins the Half-Marathon.

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A sea of runners from all parts of the UK and Ireland took to the Promenade for the 13th running of the Blackpool Marathon.

Run in perfect condition runners over a two-lap route between Squires Gate Lane and Little Bispham, Coventry Godiva Harrier Neil Haydock took the win in 2hrs 42 mins, 3secs.

Ladies Half-Marathon winner Carmel Sullivan.

Ladies Half-Marathon winner Carmel Sullivan.

Second was Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue’s Martin Cain in 2.44.43, followed by Lymm Runner’s Norman Cain, who was also the first veteran, in 2.48.39.

The women’s race was comfortably won by Bristol’s Julie Finn in 3.06.55. All three ladies achieved automatic qualifying times for next year’s London Marathon.

The first local club runner was Thornton Cleveleys RL Vet 45 Brian Cumpsty in 3.26.20 and the first lady, Blackpool Wyre and Fylde’s Tanya Ashworth (Vet 40), 228th and 18th woman in 3.59.28.

Pride of place among local runners went to Carmel Sullivan, of Wesham Road Runners, who was first lady in the half-marathon in 1.29.00.

Carmel was 41st overall. and beaten by only three men in her age category.

The half-marathon was won by Crook AC runner Patrick Duffy in 1.14.17, followed by John Lloyd.

The first male runner from a Fylde club was Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde’s Uber Cirelli, 13th in 1.23.31.

More than 150 volunteers ensured the smooth running of the event. Teams from Age Concern Blackpool and Lytham St Annes Road Runners manned waterstations, while Wesham Road Runners and St Theresa’s FC provided marshalls.