Bulman cruises to half marathon win

Race winner James Bulman.

Race winner James Bulman.

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North-East runner James Bulman was the emphatic winner of the 2014 Bridlington Half Marathon.

In his first attempt at the course, the New Marske Harriesr athlete finished more than four minutes clear of his nearest challenger.

Bulmer, a fireman, finished the course in 1:13:37, slower than winning times in recent years, but still far too good for the rest of the field.

Runner-up for the second successive year was Carl Ryde, of Doncaster AC, who clocked 1:17:47, seven-and-a-half minutes down on his time whenhe was the 2011 winner.

Third place went to Mike Burrett of Leeds City AC.

Helen Cross of Pocklington Runners retained the women’s title comfortably, improving on last year’s 21st spot to take 13th overall in 1:23:22.

Both the men’s and women’s winners had shown they were in good form at last month’s Redcar Half Marathon, where Cross took first and Bulman was pipped into second on the line.

Host club Bridlington Road Runners had seven runners in the top 100 finishers, with Nick Hellewell leading the team home, finishing 26th in 1:28:07.

First Bridlington woman was Cathy Wood, who 1:32:04 time was good enough to claim a top 50 finish.

Two other local runners also collected age group honours, with Ray Robinson the first of the over 70s home and Julie Madden quickest of the over 55 women.

Although conditions were dry and particularly mild for October, a strong wind made things difficult for the 531 finishers, especially in the final mile-and-a-half along the seafront.

Other age group prizes went to Andrew Masterman of Pontefract (over 45s), Jim Rodgers of City of Hull (over 50s), Ian Grewar of East Hull Harriers (over 55s), Stan Williams of Askern (over 60s ) and Howard Winzar of York Acorn Club (over 65s).

For the women, the winners were Dee Birch (over 40s), Angela Hannon of Pontefract (over 45s), Julie Masterman of Goole Viking Striders (over 60s) and Scarborough Sue Haslam (over 60s).

There was also a clear winner in the fun run, with ScarboroughAC’s Kyle Richardson 13 seconds ahead of the rest.

The excitement came in the race for second, with Bridlington club-mates Shaun Foster and Ashley Porter clocking the same time, 6:38, but Foster getting the nod from the judges on the line.

Another Bridlington Road Runner junior, Rebekah Pratley, was the first girl to finish and was fifth overall.

Race organiser Judy Allison said: “Everything went well, the weather was good if a bit windy for everyone especially coming along the cliff top for the final mile or so.

“Our thanks to Jerome’s, Bannister’s, Bridlington Rotary Club, St John Ambulance, Blast Fitness, and all the friends and members of Bridlington Road Runners who were marshals and gave out medals and water at the finish of both races.”