Over 400 brave tough conditions at the Saltash Half Marathon


More than 400 runners braved bad weather and a challenge course to complete the annual Saltash Half Marathon on Sunday 30th April.

Organised by the Tamar Trotters Running Club, the 13.1-mile main race and 1.5-mile fun run both start and finish at Saltash United Football Club.

Amid unseasonal Bank Holiday conditions, 134 runners from across the South West and beyond completed the full half marathon distance along a course recognised as one of the more challenging in the UK.

The winner was Steve Osborne from Yeovil in Somerset, in a stunning time of 1:16:58 while the first male finisher from the home club was Simon Yeo, who finished fourth in 1:21:45.

The first female finisher was Debbie Starker from St Austell Running Club in 1:34:27, while the first female Trotter was Helen Whitley in 1:51:57.

The fun run saw an incredible 285 athletes of all ages taking on an equally challenging course.

For 141 of them, it was the culmination of their own half marathon as for the last few months they have been running a mile a week at school as part of the Saltash Half Marathon Schools Challenge.

They received special medals on the day and will hopefully come back once they reach the age of 17 to tackle the full race.


Top 10 men

1 Steve Osborne 1:16:58; 2 Neal Russell 1:20:19; 3 Thomas Brogden 1:21:30; 4 Simon Yeo 1:21:45; 5 Matthew Murt 1:23:24; 6 Chris Sabine 1:23:49; 7 James Cutlan 1:24:45; 8 Rich Thorpe 1:25:36; 9 Chris Barker 1:26;39; 10 Chris Billing 1:28:41.

Top 10 women

1 Debbie Starker 1:34:27; 2 Jennifer Mills 1:42:18; 3 Kelly Gdanitz 1:44:28; 4 Mandy Gibson 1:49:20; 5 Hana Clitherow 1:50:23; 6 Helen Whitley 1:51:57; 7 Lisette Bonin-Casey 1:52:37; 8 Sally Crabb 1:53:32; 9 Fiona Phelps 1:54:00; 10 Cirsty Jones 1:55:03.