July 1, 2007
Richard Malin 1:08:43
Sue Harrison 1:10:39
No. of Finishers
After England’s wettest June on record, the first day of July started little better. Flooding at Upton-on-Severn forced the organisers of the Malvern Half-Marathon to compromise with a shorter route through the Malvern Hills.
"It was disappointing not to have a full half-marathon, but most runners were very understanding and the atmosphere on the day was fantastic," said organiser Amy Moody.
Runners agreed that the 12-mile route along quiet, scenic roads was better than no race at all.
Water continued to cause problems for the organisers when a couple of the drinks stations ran out of refreshments in the later stages of the race, an irony that was not lost on the unlucky runners who missed out.
There were a few gripes about the medal and goody bag too, but most entrants seemed happy to help raise funds for the charity Acorns Children’s Hospice.
The final challenge of the weather on the day –blistering sunshine followed by a downpour – made many runners even more determined to come back next year to tackle the full 13.1 miles of Worcestershire’s only half-marathon.