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Sunday 28th April – Half Marathon of the North


Report from Liam Dunne:

I visited Sunderland for the Half Marathon of the North (MOTN).

This is the second year of the MOTN and the first year for the Half which also included a 10km and relay event.

The Half MOTN starts at the Stadium Of Light football ground alongside the marathon runners and follows the first half of the marathon route which winds it’s way around the city on what was suppose to be a fairly flat course.

Before the start there was a very stiff breeze swirling about and most competitors were sheltering just inside the stadium. I was hoping to get a pb but with the undulating and winding course as well as the wind, it was really difficult to settle into a relaxed pace and a pb was looking doubtful.

It appears there was some timing issues as some of the timing mats were not collecting data. I didn’t escape the problems and eventually I got an offical chip time of 76.49 for seventh position overall. However, it was a pb and had it not been for the strong winds it could have been a whole lot better.

Overall, it wasn’t the most charming of cities but support on the course was good, the drinks were plentiful and the start/finish venue, the Stadium Of Light, was impressive. probably a bit of a poor man’s GNR though!

From the results, the race was won by Mark Hood (Sunderland) in 71.06 and the first lady in 21st position overall was Stacey Rogers (Wallsend) in 82.22 (all chip times).

Post Script – Afterwards it was discovered all apart from the Half Marathon winner Mark Hood ran a shorter distance by 264 metres – see report in the Sunderland Echo.

  1. #1 by Antonio Cardinale on April 30, 2013 - 9:56 pm

    Congratulation for your personal best in the half marathon, and i liked also your report , it was good to read, I would say that your time of 75. 54, it is really a significant running, and would be a dream race for the most runners in this district, your trip to the north was worthy to do. Well done Liam.

  2. #2 by Liam Dunne on May 1, 2013 - 6:57 am

    Thanks Antonio, due to timing issues above time is not correct and offical time is now corrected to 1:16:49 still a pb and very happy with that!

  3. #3 by sarah on May 1, 2013 - 8:38 am

    pretty impressive Liam – nice one 🙂

  4. #4 by Matt on May 1, 2013 - 10:05 am

    Nice one mate. A little bit quick.

  5. #5 by Tamara on May 2, 2013 - 9:15 am

    Well done Liam!

  6. #6 by Richard S on May 2, 2013 - 11:26 am

    Brilliant stuff mate, well done!

  7. #7 by reid haddow on May 3, 2013 - 8:31 am

    Great “Black and White “running Liam, great pb. well done mate, hope to see you soon.

  8. #8 by Howard on May 3, 2013 - 4:29 pm

    Any top ten placing is awsome, well done

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