Ipswich Half Marathon 2016 sets course records as thousands descend on Christchurch Park

Ipswich Half Marathon on Sunday from Christchurch Mansion, Christchurch Park.

Ipswich Half Marathon on Sunday from Christchurch Mansion, Christchurch Park. - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of runners crossed the Ipswich Half Marathon finish line in Christchurch Park today – rounding off what became a record-breaking race.

Around 1,400 people from across the region signed up for the annual race, and spectators turned out in their thousands to cheer on friends and family.

Race director Carl Ashton, of Ipswich Jaffa Running Club, said this year’s half marathon – which saw winners Carwyn Jones and Helen Davies break course records – went “fantastically well”.

He said: “The weather has been very kind to us. At the start of the race it was perfect weather for running, but now as runners are finishing it has got a lot hotter.

“The race was very well run and from my perspective everything has gone perfectly. There were around 1,400 people who signed up, and in the fun run we had around 250 people.”

Carwyn Jones, of Colchester Harriers Athletics Club, won the men’s category with a course record time of 1.13.36, while Helen Davies, 37, took the ladies title with another record of 1.20.44.

Buy your copy of tomorrow’s Ipswich Star for our special eight-page Half Marathon supplement, complete with a full results table.

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