Runners who finished the Oxford Half Marathon in the U.K. on Saturday were disappointed to learn they wouldn’t be getting a medal at the finish line, due to a delay caused by Storm Ali back in mid-September.
— Zoe Bear 🐻 (@zoe_bearx) October 6, 2018
Participants were emailed by race organizers the day before the race to let them know their finishers medals would be sent to them at a later date. It seems some runners were very annoyed.
— James Montgomery (@monty772011) October 6, 2018
However some still managed to run fast times in spite of their disappointment, with one individual setting a six-minute PB.
Oxford Half Marathon completed! Medalless 🙁 but somehow knocked 6 minutes off my Half Marathon PB, 1 hour: 42: 59 😀 #oxfordhalfmarathon #oxfordhalf #running #runningcommunity pic.twitter.com/MW6GD0h8HO
— James Montgomery (@monty772011) October 7, 2018
The race saw some very fast times. Sarah Van Der Wielen of Sweden was the first female to cross the finish line, in 1:12:01, almost seven minutes of second-place finisher Rose Penfold in 1:18:57. Kelly Edwards finished third in 1:21:04. On the men’s side, Ben Cole was the winner, in 1:08:37. Seyfu Jamaal was second, in 1:09:45, and Luuk Metselaar third in 1:10:08. The first 11 men were all faster than 72 minutes.