HUNDREDS of determined runners took to the streets of Solihull for the town’s inaugural half marathon earlier this month.
On a bright early spring morning, runners started their 13.1 mile journey at Blythe Valley Business Park before taking to the rural roads with twisty inclines.
The race was won convincingly by Karl Welborn of Tipton Harrier’s in 1hr 15mins and 50secs.
Michael Pearson of Askern DRC finished in second place, running a time of 1hr 19mins and 29secs, while Shaun Coulton of Hermitage Harriers third in 1hr 19mins 50secs.
The first female athlete home was local runner Jane Evans, who finished in 1hr 24mins and 12secs – finishing 12th overall.
Jennifer Dale finished second and Joanne Finch came third.
Kevin Wilson, of organisers KP Events, said the day was a great success and he was pleased for all winners.
He added: “The first year of a new event is always a tester with an untried course but I think runners enjoyed it.
“With the help of partners IM Properties, Virgin Active Solihull, Run for Fun and host charity Acorns Children’s Hospice, things went smoothly.
“And having the weather on your side is a big help too.”
Pictures: Mark Bonelle Photography.