I'll keep it brief. I didn't quite go to plan, but I still got a PB. Granted I haven't done a marathon for nearly five years, but when I set my previous best in London 2008 I had a really good run and was elated to finish in 3:31:00.
|No toilet mishaps this time - honest!|
At the end of the forth lap I was half-expecting Sonic to go tearing passed me, so was quite relieved to make it without getting lapped.
I stopped to drink some Coke and then left to start my final lap. I was trying to find out from the supporters who was leading the race, but was met by a head shakes and blank expressions. Then I saw Sonic standing in his civvies, as he'd pulled out because of his hamstring injury - or sense! Then I REALLY wanted to pull up, but forced myself to keep going - even with the voices in my head saying: "Stop. Turn back. You could be heading home now..."
Anyway, the voices lost and I finished 4th lady (1st vet) and 20th overall in 3:28. Full results here. Sonic is really kicking himself, as when he pulled up he was in third position and the guy in fourth went on to win it!
Although it has its challenges, it's a great race. Really friendly. And the marshals on the course were fantastic - all five times that I saw them. I was glad I was running and not standing out there though!
1st 2.54.34 Steve Middleton M35 Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers
2nd 2.55.08 Richard Parker M45 Tynedale Harriers
3rd 2.59.34 Steven Prentice M35 North East Marathon Club
13th 3.14.51 Ann Hood FSNR UK Netrunner
18th 3.24.21 Andrea Dennison F45 Bingley Harriers
19th 3.25.17 Pauline Aitchson F40 Wooler Running Club