Double delight as Luke storms to Barnstaple Half Marathon triumph

Luke Delderfield took first place in the Barnstaple Half Marathon
Luke Delderfield took first place in the Barnstaple Half Marathon
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Luke Delderfield, who runs for Tring Running Club, completed a very successful couple of weeks when he took first place in the Barnstaple Half Marathon on Sunday - coming home 2.5 minutes ahead of the field in 1:13:58.

This result comes on the back of another fine victory in the Leighton Buzzard 10-miler the previous weekend when Luke came home in 56:20 – some 50 seconds ahead of the second-placed runner.

After his Barnstaple success, Luke commented on how pleased he was with his last two results, saying: “Training has been a bit patchy; now that we have a young son, Rowan, training has to be fitted around him and my wife and just when I can do it – which often means pounding the streets of Tring late in the evening!”

He only decided to compete in Barnstaple after a family weekend staying with friends who lived there had been arranged.

He added: “I spotted in my running magazine that the race coincided with our trip and thought I would give it a go, although I didn’t really expect to go as well as I did!”