Roma Ostia 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018 at 05:22AM

Roma Ostia 2018

Some of the team collecting Bib numbers


On Friday 9th March, after many months of planning and training, members of Teesdale Athletic Club, together with partners and friends, embarked on the clubs first international organised trip to the capital city of Italy to contest the internationally acclaimed Rome-Ostia Half Marathon. On the Saturday before the race Teesdale AC runners revelled in the 3,000 years of art, architecture and culture, taking in popular sites such as the Forum, the Colosseum and the Vatican City. The 44th Huawei Roma Ostia Half Marathon held on Sunday 11th March, started in Pialalottomatica, just a short metro ride from the city centre, and finished on the coast in Ostia. After an explosive and spectacular glitter shower at the start runners were guided through local streets for the first 4km, after which it was possible to view the remaining 17km disappearing into the distance. The centuries old roman road was arrow straight and filled with runners stretched out ahead as far as could be seen. Despite a gentle climb at the half way point, which seemed never-ending (3km), the route was easy going and fast. The light showers during the second half of the race provided a welcome distraction as did the sun which returned seemingly to welcome runners across the finish line. At Ostia competitors were rewarded with a finisher’s medal, ice cream and warming drink. Year on year the race attracts over 10,000 runners from across the globe and this year’s race included Mo Farah training-partner Galen Rupp who flew in from the US to blaze a trail to the coast and secure victory in a hugely impressive 59:47. Special mention should be made of those who travelled to support club runners and friends and sponsors, Vivo restaurant and TEWV Unison who help fund specially commissioned custom tops for the occasion.

Immediately following the Half Marathon Trudy Layton, Mim Fenwick and Fiona Bainbridge took part, alongside some 200 others, in the Roma Ostia 5k Fun Run. Everyone reported enjoying the run and appreciated the support of the local firefighters at the is worthy of note that Fiona Bainbridge’s efforts saw £300 raised for the local Charity `The Clique` First Teesdale AC runner home in the half marathon was Steve Moss (1:37:17), followed thereafter by Sean Williams (1:47:06), Joshua Crawley (1:53:31), Barbara Crawley (2:03:08), Judith Rodwell (2:03:32), Simon Pettitt (2:03:40), Andrew Crawley (2:04:58), Caroline Hamilton (2:12:45), Caroline Moss (2:18:03), Skye Archer (2:25:03), Mark Robson (2:25:04), Amanda Pettitt (2:27:36) and Astley Fenwick (2:29:25). The Roma Ostia 2018 event has been a huge success and plans are already afoot for next year’s international trip.

This event is included in the Club Championship race calendar, updates to the leader board have been completed. To view more photographs of the event visit the Roma Ostia 2018 photo gallery.