Adcock is top of the class at half marathon.

Matt Adcock wins the Bridlington Half Marathon.
Matt Adcock wins the Bridlington Half Marathon.

Teacher Matt Adcock proved to be a class above as he won the 2015 Bridlington Half Marathon.

The Hermitage Harrier took advantage of the fact that the half-term holiday in his home county of Leicestershire fell a week earlier than in East Yorkshire.

Runner-up Ashley Porter and fun run winner Shaun Foster.

Runner-up Ashley Porter and fun run winner Shaun Foster.

That allowed him to combine a family holiday on the east coast with the chance to make his debut in the Bridlington race.

His impressive time of 1:10:44 meant Bridlington Road Runners’ Phill Taylor had to settle for second spot, and no local runner has won the race in its 33-year history.

Adcock, who won the Chester Metric Marathon the weekend before his success in Bridlington, said: “It’s a beautiful course. I ran from the cricket club (at Sewerby) to the finish line as part of my warm up so I knew what to expect.

“I had read up about the race, and knew it had a real history to it and have never competed in a race which had a finish on a promenade before.

“I came here wanting to win, rather than concentrating on my time, but I was just eight seconds outside my personal best.

“I ran with the lead group for the first five or six miles before breaking away. I knew with about a mile to go I was comfortably clear, but maybe I could have gone faster if I had known I was so close to my PB.

“I told myself I wasn’t going to look at my watch, even though I have been trying for 18-months to break 70 minutes.”

In-form Taylor had the consolation of beating his best time over 13 miles, as he clocked 1:12:18 in second place.

“I’m pleased with the time, if not the result. I thought maybe this was my year to win it.

“I thought I had a decent run. Going out it was a bit windy but coming back it was set up for a fast finish,” said the 36-year-old.

East Hull Harriers’s Michael Hargreaves was third, 43 seconds behind Taylor, with former winner Carl Ryde in fourth.

The fastest lady was Nicki Nealon of Huncote Harriers who was 20th overall in 1:22:37.

The host club’s Nick Hellewell and Nick Jordan both finished inside the top 50, as did local fitness trainer Kyle Mummery, who was thrilled as he crossed the line seconds inside the 90-minute mark.

Josh Taylor of Bridlington finished in 1:33:30, and his team-mate Matt Pilling was just over a minute behind.

Bridlington ABC’S George Johnson swapped his boxing gloves for running shoes and finished in 1:37:53.

The Road Runners’ fastest lady was Sarah Wood, who was 135th overall in 1:40:58

Almost 600 runners completed the course, which headed out towards Sewerby, Flamborough and Bempton, in under three hours..

In the one-mile fun run, Bridlington Road Runners supplied the first two youngsters .

Shaun Foster took the honours, with his time of six minutes and 13 seconds, being 10 seconds quicker than team-mate Ashley Porter.

Third place went to Scarborough AC’s Kyle Richardson who was just three seconds further back.