Chemugo pulls away for big race glory

Hastings Half Marathon winner Benard Chemugo (red and black), runner-up Tadele Geremew (yellow) and third-placed Ben Fish (blue and white)
Hastings Half Marathon winner Benard Chemugo (red and black), runner-up Tadele Geremew (yellow) and third-placed Ben Fish (blue and white)
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Benard Chemugo was the winner of the 2012 Hastings Half Marathon on a glorious Sunday morning.

Wearing number two, Chemugo became the 13th Kenyan winner of the Hastings Lions Club-organised event in the last 15 years with a provisional time of 1:06:17.

Ethiopian runner Tadele Geremew, who had beaten Chemugo in Bath two weeks ago, was second in 1:06:43 after Chemugo pulled away in the last couple of miles.

Ben Fish, the 2010 champion, led the domestic challenge in third place in 1:07:44. The Blackburn Harrier led early on before dropping off the pace in the 11th mile.

There was an excellent result for Hastings Athletic Club ace Daniel Anderson, who came sixth in 1:12:36. Fellow local man, Jeff Pyrah, was close behind in 13th.

Jane Muia, another Kenyan, took the women’s title, as expected, in 1:14:10, although she was only 14 seconds ahead of runner-up Justina Heslop (Clapham Chasers).

Full results, reaction and a picture special will appear in Friday’s Hastings Observer.

Provisional results – Men: 1 Benard Chemugo 1:06:17, 2 Tadele Geremew 1:06:43, 3 Ben Fish 1:07:44, 4 Tom Collins (Medway & Maidstone AC) 1:11:48, 5 James Bellward (Crawley AC) 1:11:59, 6 Daniel Anderson (Hastings AC) 1:12:36, 7 Robert Latala 1:12:39, 8 David Bradford (Lewes AC) 1:12:53, 9 Justin West (Stragglers) 1:13:08, 10 Robbie James (Lewes AC) 1:13:22.

Women: 1 Jane Muia 1:14:10, 2 Justina Heslop (Clapham Chasers) 1:14:24, Rona Loubser (Folkestone Running Club) 1:18:54, 4 Yvette Grice (Bodyworks XTC) 1:23:02, 5 Katy Moore (Brighton & Hove AC) 1:25:14.