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SANTA POLA HALF MARATHON WITH RUNNING WILD

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Sunday 19th January saw one of Spain’s premier Half Marathons take place in the nearby town of Santa Pola. There were over 9,000 entries, with over 8,000 finishers, and Running Wild were well represented with 7 entries, including Karen Pemberton who was competing in her first Half Marathon in over 20 years.

The conditions were awful, with constant rain, which meant that some of the main priorities for the runners were "puddle hopping" and "pothole avoidance".

Despite the conditions, the "Running Wild Team were very happy with their results. Gerard McGranaghan led the team home in an absolutely superb time of 1.23.22 which placed him in the top 400.

Unfortunately his wife, Monica, had to withdraw at the last minute as a precaution as she didn’t want to aggravate an ongoing injury. Howard Bednall was next home in 1.58.02, followed closely be Helen Giles in 2.04.22 and Julia Skinner in 2.08.27.

Karen Pemberton came home in an extremely good 2.22.35, much to the joy of those members who had endured the awful conditions to travel up and support all the runners. Unfortunately, Jim Gavin had to retire having bravely tried to complete the distance despite running with an injury.

The next challenges are 5 weeks away with a number of the team competing in the Seville Marathon on 23rd February, whilst, on the same day, others will be in Torrevieja where there is both a Half Marathon and 10K taking place.

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