JAMES Baker won his fourth Barns Green Half Marathon title and declared after: ‘I love this race’.
Almost 1,500 runners entered the 29th staging of the event on Sunday, and Baker won in a time of 1 hour 10 minutes 30 seconds. The 34-year-old, of Chichester Runners, finished more than 90 seconds clear of Tim Haughian from Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow AC, while third place went to local boy Neil Boniface from Horsham Joggers with a time of 1 hour 12 minutes and 46 seconds.
Baker took the lead after about 2 miles and gradually pulled away from the field. However, he would not even have been running in the race had he been offered a place as one of the elite runners in the Great South Run which also took place on Sunday. Instead Baker decided to run once again at Barns Green and was delighted with his decision. “I love this race and have finished in the top 10 every year since 2000,” he said, looking remarkably fresh immediately after the race. “The conditions were ideal and as always the race is very well organised.
See this Thursday’s County Times for a full round up of pictures and results from Sunday’s race.