Ron cheered home to equal his PB

As the first Devon man to win the Bristol half-marathon Bideford’s Ronnie Richmond can rightfully take great pride in his first-class performance.

The Barnstaple postman equalled his personal best of 68 minutes and seven seconds, to go second on the South West Rankings, as he powered clear of the field in the second half of the race. “It was a fantastic but totally unexpected win,” said Richmond.

“I am in the middle of marathon training for Frankfurt so I just came to Bristol for a hard run and suddenly I could see a chance of winning, so took it!”

As Richmond entered the last mile his advantage was big enough that he could afford to relax and relish the magnitude of his achievement. “It was great to hear spectators cheering my name and shouting ‘Well done!’ as that has never happened before,” he said.

“I think, as runners, we are sometimes guilty of not enjoying the moment so I was determined to do that because that was definitely the best win I have ever had. Maybe not my best performance but my best win for sure.”

It also continues an excellent year for Richmond as he has also run personal bests over 5,000 metres on the track (15:03.6) and on the road over 5k (15:03) and 10k (31:06). Now for his marathon best of 2:29.15.

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