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Runners break records at Buckingham Half Marathon 2023

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The fifth annual Buckingham Half marathon, organised by Buckingham and Stowe Running Club, took place on Sunday, May 14.

It was a beautiful day with 176 runners completing the scenic 13.1-mile loop around the beautiful Buckingham countryside, passing through Leckhampstead, Wicken and Akeley.
The event raised over £3,000 for two local charities, St Mark’s Meals and Buckingham & Winslow Young Carers (YC2).

Competitors ranged from those completing their first ever half marathon to those who even beat course records.

The male and female winners are husband and wife Sam Dear, who ran it in 1:24:06, and Johanna Dear who beat the female course record in 1:25:40.

The male and female V60 category winners both beat the course bests for that age category – Richard Popiel 1:35:50 and Mary Murphy 1:52:07.

Buckingham and Stowe Running Club thanked the local companies who sponsored the event – The House Inspector, MWealth, Russell & Butler and Bates Body Factory.

Competitors’ comments included: “To all the organisers, marshals, cheerers, clappers, disco beats, water handlers, wine gum dispensers, medal hangers (satisfyingly heavy!), masseuses, and the guy handing out chocolates at the finish. You made a great & memorable event. THANK YOU.”

“Great event as always! My 5th time. Great organisation and brilliant support from all marshals. Free cakes were ace as usual too”

“Brilliantly organised event!! Friendly, encouraging marshals, fabulous cake, sunny weather, free photos!! Thanks BSRC!!!”

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