Crowther wins half marathon

BEN Crowther of Halifax Harriers led home more than 400 runners in the Liversdge Half Marathon, last Sunday.

The winner returned to the start-finish line at Roberttown Common in a time of 76 minutes 31 seconds. He was just under a minute ahead of second-placed athlete Mike Flatley of Middleton (77-30). However he also took the prize for the first over-40 to finish.

It was deja vu for Andy May who was third for the second year in a row in a time of 77.40.

The women’s race was won by Donna Edmondson Booker who was the 29th athlete to cross the line in a time of 88 minutes 40 seconds. She is a member of Idle Athletics Club and as well as winning the women’s title she also claimed the prize for the first women in the over 40 category.

Second in the women’s race was Sarah May of Todmorden, she was 35th in a time of 90.26.

Of the 555 runners who applied to enter the race, one of the toughest half marathons in the area, there was a good finish of 421 athletes. The popularity of the race continues to grow as this year there were athletes attending from North Devon in the south to Alnwick in the north.

It was a good opportunity for local runners to shine and Spenborough’s Kevin Ogden was fourth in 78.39 his team mate Antony Bradford was seventh in 81.41. He was the first over 45 to finish the race.

The event was organised by Roberttown Road Runners, who provided most of the marshalls on the course. They welcome runners of all abilities to their Wednesday training sessions starting at the Community Centre. The Roberttown Seven is the club’s next race on June 5.