Ilford AC stalwart smashes club record in Essex Half Marathon

Ilford AC's Terry Knightley with his Essex Half Marathon medal.

Ilford AC's Terry Knightley broke the male veteran over 60 club record in the Essex Half Marathon at Debden Airfield. - Credit: Ilford AC

Ilford Athletic Club stalwart Terry Knightley smashed a long-standing record in the Essex Half Marathon in Saffron Walden.

Terry was the sole Ilford AC representative at the event on Sunday, April 18, racing over a three-lap course around the disused Debden Airfield - designed in the shape of an aeroplane.

Terry broke the male veteran over 60 club record, which had been held by Ilford AC great Gerry Pells for 26 years, by 1 minute and 13 seconds.

The Essex Marathon and Half Marathon commemorative medal

All runners who finished the Essex Marathon and Half Marathon events received a commemorative medal. - Credit: Ilford AC

Terry recorded the new club MV60 record time of 1 hour, 28 minutes and 31 seconds to finish 54th overall out of 256 runners in the race, which incorporated the socially-distanced ‘rolling’ start.

All finishers in the full marathon and half marathon events received a commemorative medal for taking part.

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