Athletes take on the Gordano Round challenge

PUBLISHED: 12:53 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:53 07 November 2017

Luke Hanson.

Luke Hanson.

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Runners from the district took the the challenge of the Gordano Round Marathon and Long Half Marathon.

One hundred and seventy five runners enjoyed the sun-kissed (if characteristically muddy) Gordano Round Marathon and Long Half Marathon in and around Portishead, Clevedon and Abbots Leigh.

The race starts at Gordano School and follows the Gordano round route taking in the coast path to Clevedon, up through Clevedon Woods and on towards Bristol before looping back through to Portishead.

In the marathon, last year’s runner-up, Nailsea Running Club’s Luke Hanson, found a different gear to overcome the courses stiles, gates, hills and mud to smash its record in a storming 3.32.54.

Bristol & West’s Sam Tabberner also broke the previous record with 3.39.57 for second place. The woman’s record was also pulverised, B&W’s Jane Colman crossing the line in a blistering 4.28.38”, with Great Western Runners’ Cat Mills hot on her muddy heels in 4.29.42.

The Long Half (around 14.5 miles) was won by Southville’s Paul Deaton in 1.58.03, who outsprinted GWR’s Rob Paddock to finish 23 seconds ahead after the pair had run together.

Abi White was the first lady home in 2.15.17, a staggering 14.30 minutes ahead of Annabelle Richards and Judith Gamblin.

With help from sponsors Tesco, Wards Solicitors and South West Medics, organisers Portishead Running Club hope to raise more than £4,200 from the races to break the £10,000 mark for the event’s contribution to Charlton Farm’s Children’s Hospice since its debut in 2015.

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