First Old Severn Bridge marathon draws 2,000 runners

First Old Severn Bridge marathon draws 2,000 runners

The Severn Bridge Half Marathon. Pictured is the start with over 2000 race competitors entering. (9617057)

The Severn Bridge Half Marathon. Pictured are over 2000 race competitors being led to the start. (9617067)

The Severn Bridge Half Marathon. Pictured are over 2000 race competitors being led to the start. (9617073)

The Severn Bridge Half Marathon. Pictured is the start of the race with over 2000 competirors. (9617075)

The Severn Bridge Half Marathon. Pictured is the start of the race with over 2000 competirors. (9617077)

The Severn Bridge Half Marathon. Pictured is the start of the race with over 2000 competirors. (9617083)

The Severn Bridge Half Marathon. Pictured is the start of the race with over 2000 competirors. (9617085)

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THOUSANDS of runners enjoyed stunning views as they took part in the first half marathon at the Old Severn Bridge linking England and Wales today.

The race drew around 2,000 participants with thousands of pounds raised for charities including St David’s Hospice and Barnardo’s.

The half marathon organised by RogueRuns including members of Chepstow Harriers was another boon for Chepstow, which has hosted a string of high profile events this year.

Marathon runner Stephen Paterson, 36, became the winner of the inaugural race after crossing the finishing line in 1 hour and 14 minutes.

Mr Paterson, 36, of Les Croupiers running club in Cardiff, said: “I am coming back into fitness. My record is 1 hour and 10 minutes. It was tough.

“I started running in my early 20s. I’ve had lots of injuries, got fit and got injured.

“I do the London Marathon once a year but I prefer 10ks and half marathons.

“It was brilliant and well organised, traffic free and well marshalled and there were lots of drink stations. Coming on the bridge, it was a lovely finish.”

Spectators were able to watch the runners set off on the bridge before they crossed into England, followed a loop and finished the race in Wales.

Spectator Debbie Fletcher, 33, said: “It was amazing to stand on the bridge. You could watch everyone starting. It was brilliant.”

Bristol runner Barry Bryant, 39, who finished ninth, said: “It was tough. This is the first one I have done in two years.

“The hill was very steep. It was quite fast to start with.

“It wasn’t very windy. I was waiting for a head wind going on the bridge but it was all right. The views were stunning.”

Chepstow Harriers hope the Severn Bridge half marathon can be held every year.

St David’s Hospice retail manager Jenny Channing added: “I’m a Chepstow person and I think it’s wonderful.

“We have had a superb festival in Chepstow this year, we’ve had so many wonderful acts and plays at the castle.

“At the moment there is an abundance of shows. We’ve had Tom Jones. It’s brilliant. We are spoiled for choice.”

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10:24pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Soph G says...

It was organised by Rogue Runs :-)
It was organised by Rogue Runs :-) Soph G
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9:45am Mon 25 Aug 14

thomas35 says...

Good luck to all who took part and would hope to see it again.However why on a Bank holiday Sunday, therefore shutting a main road artery into and out of Wales causing rerouting of journeys over the second crossing...
Good luck to all who took part and would hope to see it again.However why on a Bank holiday Sunday, therefore shutting a main road artery into and out of Wales causing rerouting of journeys over the second crossing... thomas35
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9:50am Mon 25 Aug 14

thomas35 says...

Good luck to all who took part and would hope to see it again. However why was it held on a Bank holiday Sunday therefore closing the one of the main road arteries to Wales and causing unnecessary rerouting of journeys over the Second crossing.
Good luck to all who took part and would hope to see it again. However why was it held on a Bank holiday Sunday therefore closing the one of the main road arteries to Wales and causing unnecessary rerouting of journeys over the Second crossing. thomas35
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12:36pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Limestonecowboy says...

thomas35 wrote:
Good luck to all who took part and would hope to see it again. However why was it held on a Bank holiday Sunday therefore closing the one of the main road arteries to Wales and causing unnecessary rerouting of journeys over the Second crossing.
Because it was the quietest time there was no disruption.
[quote][p][bold]thomas35[/bold] wrote: Good luck to all who took part and would hope to see it again. However why was it held on a Bank holiday Sunday therefore closing the one of the main road arteries to Wales and causing unnecessary rerouting of journeys over the Second crossing.[/p][/quote]Because it was the quietest time there was no disruption. Limestonecowboy
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4:59pm Mon 25 Aug 14

thomas35 says...

No problem .. Next year me and wife will be doing the walk across!!
No problem .. Next year me and wife will be doing the walk across!! thomas35
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