Pumlani wins Robin Hood marathon for third time
PUMLANI Bangani won the men's marathon at the Robin Hood Festival of Running for the third time in the last four years of the event yesterday.
The 34-year-old, who was running for Salford Harriers, completed the course in two hours, 25 minutes and 27 seconds.
fastest man: Pumlani Bangani
He said: "I think it was a good run and I really enjoyed it.
"The course is always different so you don't know what to expect until you get out there.
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"I could not have asked for better support from the crowds.
"I did the best I could and couldn't have given it anymore."
Mr Bangali saw off competition from a high-class field, which again saw more than 1,000 entrants across both the men's and women's races.
Among them was Bernard Jarvis, 63, from Lady Bay, who ran his 27th Robin Hood marathon.
Mr Jarvis, a founder member of Holme Pierrpont Running Club, has completed the race every year since the event was launched in 1981.
He crossed the line in just over three hours and 30 minutes.
He said: "I was badly prepared this year but got around comfortably.
"Some seriously old blokes passed me – but I'll be back next year.
"I see it as a date with destiny – I'll keep going until either it drops or I drop."
Rotherham Harriers runner Debbie Mason, 40, was the first-placed female marathon runner, in a time of two hours, 53 minutes and 15 seconds.
The result came as a shock to her, as she was running her first marathon since undergoing a knee operation two years ago. She said: "I'm really chuffed because it's been a tough few years."
Kenyan Ezekiel Cherop won the half-marathon in one hour, five minutes and 28 seconds, while Banuelia Katesigwa, 27, of Tanzania, was the first woman home in one hour, 16 minutes and 37 seconds.