Mogaka retains half marathon title

THE 21st Hastings Half Marathon was its by now customary annual success, boasting a record entry of more than 4,600 runners on Sunday.

Monday, 14th March 2005, 9:23 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 8:06 pm

Mild sunshine provided ideal conditions at the start, but the wind strengthened and the temperature dropped markedly at the race wore on.

The change in conditions didn't seem to deter Fred Mogaka, though, because the Kenyan notched his second consecutive Hastings triumph and the 2,000 first prize in 64 minutes 10 seconds. Tanzanian Malack Olemengera was a close second on his Hastings debut, while Huw Lobb's third place was enough to secure the AAA of England title and with it 1,000. Daniel Anderson was the first local runner.

The women's race was a domestic affair with Jo Kelsey winning in a little over 78 minutes, ahead of Michaela McCallum and Julie Briggs.

Through broken English, Mogaka said: "I'm very pleased to win for the second year in a row. It was very tough, very windy."