Over 450 runners took the start of the 17th Liversedge Half Marathon on Sunday. With temperatures up on previous days and little in the way of wind, conditions were good for mid February.
It wasn’t long before a group of three moved clear of the field, led by local and race regular Kevin Ogden (Spenborough AC). He was joined by Andrew Whittingham (Altrincham & District A.C.) and Carl Egdell (Hallamshire A.C). The three worked together to go though 3 miles with a lead of 20 seconds. The Ladies race was still very close with Kim Threadgall (Edinburgh AC) leading from 2011 winner Donna Edmondson Booker (Idle A.C) and Jacqui Khoueiry (Holmfirth Harriers) – the three covered by a handful of seconds.
By 7 miles and after a steep climb, Whittingham had moved clear on his own, Ogden was 10 seconds behind, with Egdell in third, a further 20 seconds down. In the Ladies race Edmondson Brooker had 15 seconds over Threadgall, with Khoueiry still hanging on to third.
Whilst the second half of the race doesn’t have the steep climbs of the first half, it does feature a 2-mile drag between 8 and 10 miles that can make or break a runners race.
Whittingham continued to pull away over the second half to win in 75 minutes 23 seconds, Egdell finished well over the closing miles for second (76:15), with Ogden safe in third (76:29) and first Vet. Altrincham & District AC packed well, with 4 runners in the top ten to take the team honours.
In the Ladies race Threadgall was the strongest in the second half to run out a comfortable winner in the end in 86:12. Edmondson Brooker took second (87:36) and first Vet 35, with Jenny Latham (Wakefield District Harriers & AC) running well in the closing stages to take third (89:17). Holmfirth Harriers were the women’s team winners.