Chester Marathon and Metric Marathon 2 October 2016
I hadn’t completed a marathon for 3 ½ years and failed to finish the last one I attempted, but decided to enter Chester to prove I could still do it and to try for a Good for Age time for London 2018, which for my age category (V60), is now 3:45.
It was a beautiful autumn morning but not a breath of wind, so great conditions I thought! It’s a really good course, starting and finishing on the Racecourse and after a little trip though the town centre, heading out on country lanes and passing into Wales for 7 miles or so, before returning to the Racecourse. I knew to expect some hills, and they were reasonably challenging but nothing too horrendous.
Everything was going fine and I was right on my target pace until hallway up the last hill at mile 24, when I suddenly got cramp and had to stop and stretch. I walked for a bit, tried to get running again but got cramp in the other leg! Eventually I did get running but knew I’d missed my target. I was still pretty pleased with my time of 3:47:41 though, and very glad I ran it!
Not many Sale Harriers took part, but there was an exceptional performance from Anthony Brookes, who ran 2:38:03 for 7th place and a fantastic PB by over 10 minutes compared to his time from London 2015!
Mark Anderson freely admitted he hadn’t done sufficient training and finished in 4:48:54.
There was also a Metric Marathon (26.2km) and Tim Kennedy ‘jogged round’ (his words) for 1:56:20 and 44th place.
The sun shone and it was a great day out!
Posted 02/10/2016 17:13