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

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!”