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Baldock Beast 2019: 400 runners take on half marathon

PUBLISHED: 16:14 26 February 2019 | UPDATED: 17:15 26 February 2019

Around 400 runners tackled the Baldock Beast half marathon in the February sun at the weekend, Picture: Terry Linton, Hitchin Camera Club

Around 400 runners tackled the Baldock Beast half marathon in the February sun at the weekend, Picture: Terry Linton, Hitchin Camera Club

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The communities of Baldock and the surrounding villages of Sandon, Roe Green and Wallington came out in their droves on Sunday to cheer on nearly 400 runners in the annual Baldock Beast half marathon.

Two of the 400 runners that took part in the Baldock Beast half marathon on Sunday. Picture: Andrew Hyde, Hitchin Camera ClubTwo of the 400 runners that took part in the Baldock Beast half marathon on Sunday. Picture: Andrew Hyde, Hitchin Camera Club

Now in its eighth year, the popular event saw runners coming from far and wide – including one all the way from Munich in Germany – to take on the challenging but scenic course.

Organised by the Baldock Events Forum, all the funds from the event go back into the community of Baldock.

Lizzy Janes came first in the women's race at Baldock Beast 2019. Picture: Andrew Hyde, Hitchin Camera ClubLizzy Janes came first in the women's race at Baldock Beast 2019. Picture: Andrew Hyde, Hitchin Camera Club

Race director Richard Harbon said: “The event goes from strength to strength and is testimony to the community spirit in Baldock and nearby villages.

“Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this wonderful event happen.”

North Herts Road Runners who won both the men's and ladies team events. Picture: Andrew Hyde, Hitchin Camera ClubNorth Herts Road Runners who won both the men's and ladies team events. Picture: Andrew Hyde, Hitchin Camera Club

The race was won for the third year running by Ian Kimpton from Luton Athletic Club, who completed it in one hour and 12 minutes.

The women’s race was won by Lizzy Janes from Herts Phoenix in one hour and 23 minutes.

Winner of the men's race Ian Kimpton with Baldock Events Forum chair Jim McNally. Picture: Andrew Hyde, Hitchin Camera ClubWinner of the men's race Ian Kimpton with Baldock Events Forum chair Jim McNally. Picture: Andrew Hyde, Hitchin Camera Club

Both the team prizes were won by North Herts Road Runners, who were also on hand to help organise the race.

The event itself couldn’t take place without the support of many organisations including the 2nd Baldock Scout group, Baldock Rotary Club, North Herts District Council and Knights Templar Gym.

Supporters of the event the 2nd Baldock Scouts held a barbecue. Picture: Andrew Hyde, Hitchin Camera ClubSupporters of the event the 2nd Baldock Scouts held a barbecue. Picture: Andrew Hyde, Hitchin Camera Club

Additional support was provided by local businesses such as Amber Health, Kindlelight Windows, Templar Mortgages, Tesco, Trisports and Seat.

More information about the race, including a full list of results, can be found on the Baldock Events Forum website at www.baldockeventsforum/baldockbeast.

Richard Gallop with friend Adam Whittell who travelled from Wakefield to take part in Baldock Beast 2019. Picture: Courtesy of Richard GallopRichard Gallop with friend Adam Whittell who travelled from Wakefield to take part in Baldock Beast 2019. Picture: Courtesy of Richard Gallop

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