Last weekend, Newport & District Running Club was represented by a 14-strong contingent at the Ironbridge Half Marathon, a popular local race in its first post-pandemic iteration, and the first time the race has been run since 2019. The Novaportan representatives made up part of a field of 587 who took on the tough course this year. Starting and finishing in Telford Town Park, the route winds its way through Stirchley and Madeley via the Silkin Way, before crossing the river Severn at Coalport and crossing the iconic Iron Bridge before returning to the Town Park via Coalbrookdale, Aqueduct and the Silkin Way. 

Team Newport at the Ironbridge Half Marathon

David Brown was the first Newport finisher, tackling the hilly course in 1 hour, 37 minutes, 14 seconds and finishing in 68th place overall. Jon Pierce was next for NDRC in 99th place, clocking a personal best time of 1:41:45, and Simon Yap wasn’t too far behind, finishing in 1:43:46 for 119th position. Elizabeth Bennett was the first female finisher for Newport, taking 132nd spot overall in a time of 1:45:13, to also finish 2nd in her category.

Selwyn Plant chasing Ellen Deighton across the Iron Bridge

Graham Rogers was next for Newport, finishing 177th in 1:49:35, and Phil Link stopped the clock at 1:53:48 in 216th. Not far behind was Andrew Wilmot, 228th in 1:54:26, followed by John Metzger (250th, 1:56:17) and Paul Hughes (267th, 1:57:28). Darren Waters finished 280th with a time of 1:58:44, and Ellen Deighton was 319th in 2:03:53. Selwyn Plant in 354th ran a time of 2:07:48, whilst Tracy Hartridge (473rd, 2:21:15) and Sarah Higginson (483rd, 2:22:16) finished very close together.

Jon Pierce after the Ironbridge Half Marathon