New winners at Half Marathon

Bridlington Half Marathon & Fun Run Assisted by  The Rotary Club of Bridlington Main Race PA1141-4p Race Winner Carl Ryde from Doncaster
Bridlington Half Marathon & Fun Run Assisted by The Rotary Club of Bridlington Main Race PA1141-4p Race Winner Carl Ryde from Doncaster

TWO new names can be added to the Bridlington Half Marathon roll of honour.

Doncaster’s Carl Ryde and Victoria Whitehead of Valley Striders became the 2011 men’s and women’s champions in glorious autumn weather.

Thirty years on since the first running of the race, more than 750 athletes completed the 13-mile course, and a further 112 people took part in the one-mile fun run along the seafront.

Race organiser Judy Allison said: “It was a brilliant day. The good weather brought a lot of people out on to the promenade and the public really appreciated what was going on and gave us their support.”

With Andrew Pearson, who had won in 2009 and 2010, missing from this year’s field, Doncaster’s Ryde took full advantage, winning in 1:10:14.

Just over half a minute further back was last year’s runner up Steven Bateson from East Hull Harriers, but despite shaving more than a minute off last year’s time, he had to settle for second best again.

Third was a former Bridlington athlete, now running for Braintree AC, Shaun Pickering, and the first Bridlington Road Runner member home was Peter Gulc, who was 10th in 1:16:06.

Whitehead’s time of 1:22:18 meant she was 31st overall and 90 seconds quicker than last year’s women’s winner.

Jackie Lord in sixth was the fastest local lady, with Karon Colley the first female Road Runner member. The fun run was won by Chelsea Walker.