Adam Prunty and Christine Dailey triumph in Hannover Re Half Marathon
Adam Prunty and Christine Dailey continued their impressive recent form to triumph in the Hannover Re Half Marathon on Sunday.
Competing among a field of 73 runners on a challenging course, which started and finished at John Smith’s Bay, Prunty was first across the line in a winning time of 1hr 20min 59sec, slightly more than two minutes clear of Moses Mufandaedza (1:23:16), with Thomas Mills completing the top three (1:23:42).
For Prunty it was a third top-three finish in as many weeks after he won the AXA Man on the Run 5k, as well as finishing third in the Athora 8K Run/Walk.
“I’m pretty pleased with the victory today,” said the 28-year-old, who is seemingly as adapt at shorter distances as he is with endurance events. “I was hoping to run under the 1hr 20min mark and I wasn’t far off at all, so overall I’m pretty happy.
“The course was pretty good apart from McGall's Hill. I don’t think my legs felt the same after coming over that, but it wasn’t too hot which helped a lot.
“I wouldn’t say I have a favoured distance as I’ve done everything from a 5k to Ironman distance, so as long as it’s not a sprint race I’m good.
“I’m feeling pretty strong at the minute and have been injury free, so hopefully I can take that into early next year as well.”
There was also joy for Dailey, who was making her debut in the event, as she was the first female over the line in 1:27:31, which was good enough for sixth place overall.
Gayle Lindsay was slightly more than two minutes adrift in 1:29:59 in ninth overall, with Rose-Anna Hoey a further three places adrift in a time of 1:33:36 to round out the women’s top three as well as claiming victory in her 40-49 age division.
“This was actually my first time doing this race and so I’m really pleased,” said Dailey, who also came out on top in the Athora 8K Run/Walk.
“Thankfully the hill was at the start, so we got that out the way and the course overall suited me. I’ve had a heavy training block the last few weeks focusing on hills and so that definitely helped.
“I’m feeling really strong at the moment and these races are really setting me up for some events next year and getting through the hard preparation.
“I’m mainly targeting the New York City Half Marathon in March and so I’m building towards that, as well as hoping to participate in part of the Bermuda Triangle Challenge in January, which I haven’t done for a few years now.”
In the age categories, Jaret Simmons, who was 47th overall, claimed second place behind Prunty in the male 16 to 29 division, with Akshay Mnadalia, 52nd overall, claiming third.
Phillip Woollins and Fred Foxley, who finished fourth and fifth overall, were the first two finishers in the 30-39 division, with Phillipe Froncioni, eighth overall, rounding out the top three places.
Allan Fox, seventh overall, earned a place on the 40-49 division podium behind Mufandaedza and Mills, while Shawn Simons prevailed in the 50-59 division after finishing in 17th place overall. He was followed by Jon Smith (23rd overall) and Marcello Ausenda (40th overall).
In the 60 and Over division, Jose Andrade came out on top, finishing 58th overall, ahead of Struan Smith (68th) and Stephen Cosham (69th).
After finishing in 20th place, Teresa Ruiz sealed top spot in the female 16-29 division, ahead of Megan Berry (27th) and Paula Barrow (39th), while Carla Hinwood (29th overall) rounded out the top three places in the 30-39 division behind Dailey and Lindsay.
Anna Laura Hocking, 25th overall and Gemma McGeever (28th) claimed second and third places behind Hoey in the 40-49 division, while Mairi Redmond (61st) prevailed over Deborah Phaoah-Williams (70th) in the 50-59 division.
In the 60 and over division, Terri Durrant came out on top after finishing in 65th place, followed by Florence Sharpe (71st) and Edwina Arorash (73rd).