Lucian smashes PB to win his first PGER
This year's Perkins Great Eastern Run saw more UK runners finish inside 70 minutes than any other half marathon in the country, including the Great North Run and Cardiff Half Marathon.
Our winning female, Amy Clements, registered the fastest winning time by a female UK runner in a UK half marathon.
Lincoln Wellington runner Lucian Allison ran away with the winning honours at this year’s Perkins Great Eastern Run with a time of 65 minutes and 27 seconds, which was quicker than his personal best by over two minutes.
His previous best was 67.45 set in the 2017 Great North Run and that was only his second ever attempt at a half marathon.
The 27 year-old has only been running for three years and took up the sport because he was “unfit and drinking too much.” Lucian was in the leading pack for the first eight miles and turned it up a notch to break away during the latter stages of the race.
Last year’s winner Tom Evans, from Lewes in Sussex and one of the world’s top ultra-distance athletes, came in second with a 66:21. He too was running his third run over the half marathon distance and also set a new personal best, beating the winning 68:40 he ran last year.
Lincoln Wellington clubmate Shane Robinson claimed third place in 66:32, smashing his personal best that stood at 71:04, which he set in the Boston Half Marathon in 2017.
Next in fourth place was Lincoln Wellington’s Matthew Bowser in 66:50 and fifth was Stamford-based Aaron Scott, another Lincoln Wellington runner, in 66:53.
First lady home in 39th place was solicitor Amy Clements from Kent AC in 74:09 - a one minute improvement on her best time she set two years ago.
Second lady was Clara Evans from Cardiff AC. She was 63rd in 76:02. And leading local lady was Nene Valley Harrier Jordan Foster, who clocked a personal best of 83:06.
Sole wheelchair entrant Susan Walker finished the half marathon distance in 02:33:24 and Anna’s Hope Fun Run winner James Orrell crossed the line in 17:37.