Newark Half Marathon 2023: Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Race Date: Sunday 13th August 2023

What makes a great race? A hill with no matching downhill, deadly road camber and some horrible woodchippings at 13 miles plus a downpour at the end for those waiting for the presentations and their cash prizes. Some great results for 37 Striders in this event which was part of the 2023 Road Race Championships.

Michael Richardson looking the fresher as he powers away from Robert Hoffman (photo Rob Byers)

We witnessed podium finishes in their age categories for Caroline Brock (always happy) and Sarah Allcard (but still dissatisfied) and third in the Notts County Championships for Simone Young-Alls after she had ticked the wrong box on the entry form. (All legitimate however and has the birth certificate to prove it whilst SYCAAA, unlike most counties, doesn’t have any road championships). Disgraceful seven minute pb for Yasmine Chaffer (happy but on her way to A&E after scalding her arm on the kettle that morning). We had Naeem Stevens unhappy with his pb of 1:16:05 after blowing up mid race whilst Hannah Wright was happy simply not to be on the last page of the results.

The power of endorphins. Yasmine Chaffer looking happy with her seven minute pb. (photo Rob Byers)

We had a tactical battle between Andy Hinchliffe and his closest rival in the road championships. After being tracked for most of the race Andy was passed at around ten miles but his opponent failed to maintain the small gap that he had opened up. In his own words the strategy then was “well if Andy was going to beat me I should at least show him the respect of making him hurt as much as possible” as their last mile was their fastest before Andy put him to the sword with 160m to go. Due to the vagaries of the start, chip times were identical so honours even on this one although Andy was the happier with a decent pb along the way.

Pos Name Cat Chip
21 Luke Tipping SM 01:15:25
23 Naeem Stevens SM 01:16:05
29 Seth Kirby SM 01:16:56
65 (2) Caroline Brock F35 01:22:07
102 (3) Nick Booker M55 01:26:56
104 Yasmine Chaffer SF 01:26:55
106 Darren Barnett M45 01:27:03
117 Simone Young-Alls SF 01:28:07
143 Michael Richardson M45 01:30:57
144 Robert Hoffmann M45 01:31:02
152 Laura Mella F35 01:32:13
156 Annie Chambers SF 01:32:34
165 Phil Gregory M40 01:33:07
178 Paddy Treehowes M55 01:34:38
181 Robert Hale SM 01:35:03
183 Ellen Broad SF 01:35:18
192 Michael Cambell SM 01:35:53
208 Claire Grisdale F40 01:37:23
212 (2) Sarah Allcard F50 01:37:48
233 Andy Hinchliffe M60 01:39:35
235 Peter Brown M60 01:39:35
332 John Egginton SM 01:45:44
349 Lindsey Banks F45 01:47:35
384 Kevin Wong M45 01:49:29
388 Victoria Johnson SF 01:49:58
402 Karen Clark F55 01:52:07
407 Brian Jenkins M50 01:52:13
408 Charlotte Civico F35 01:52:40
411 Jamie Smith SM 01:52:44
429 Hannah Murton F35 01:54:14
430 Philip Swirles M45 01:54:16
457 (2) Kate Waddicor F65 01:56:48
490 Christine Booth F45 01:59:19
545 Simon Gleadhall F55 02:05:45
579 Jo Gleig F60 02:09:31
629 Zoe Pellegrina F45 02:17:52
695 Hannah Jayne Wright F35 02:45:03

The gory details of all 704 finishers are on the link Newark Half Marathon 2023 Winners were Sonia Samuels 72.31 (Sale) and Daniel Connolly (Mercia) 65.56

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