Manchester Marathon 2021, Sunday, October 10, 2021

Nina Bojadzic

Last Sunday morning in Manchester witnessed my marathon debut – the race which was my A goal for this year, a run that I have prepared for the last 11 months (since my marathon time trial last November when I set the basic time of 3.52.35 on 26.2mi distance). I’m proud to say there was hardly anything I could have done better on Sunday. My goal was to stay in control throughout the race and save something in the tank for a next build up. I might have been somewhat conservative with my pace, but out of all the good advice I got out there – one stood out: “Remember, marathon owes you nothing!” (you may guess who said this☺️) and I stuck with it. Honestly, how much more than 22’35” PB do you need in your first marathon!? (According to Garmin it was 25’13”… but we know that official race distances are more accurately measured.) 

I ran for exactly 3 hours and 30 minutes in a way I run 30’ on track every Wednesday in a year. If you have ever run with me, you know what I’m talking about😁. And this is all I ever wanted from my races – to do my best on a day, split it evenly, feel the pace come to you – you don’t push for it!, stay tall (especially when you’re as short as myself😂), make it look like the easiest thing in the world, finish strong with a smile and hunger for more❤️. 

 

It was such a heartwarming thing to feel all the support and encouragement I’ve got ahead of the race and the joy of success I shared with so many of you afterwards💜. 

Above all I have to thank the person who’s not on this club and who, I’m pretty sure by now, has regretted buying me a first GPS watch few years ago, my husband Tin. I have to tell you hon – your fears are true, this is just a start😘. 

Of the pictures, the first one, despite being most sincere, is my favourite, as it truly sums up my effort on the day. 

Results

Overall Pos.NameClubTimeCategoryCategory Pos.Gender Pos.
1*Matthew CrehanSt. Helens Sutton A.C.02:18:26MSEN11
23*Anna BracegirdleSalford Harriers02:40:17FSEN11
262James McNaneyElvet Striders02:53:59MSEN177256
1375Iain GibsonElvet Striders03:18:05MSEN7851306
2277Nina BojadzicElvet Striders03:30:00FSEN111186
3033Paul SwinburneElvet Striders03:39:42MV453702752
3592Kyle SunleyElvet Striders03:45:41MSEN17943195
3748David OxladeElvet Striders03:47:18MSEN18663314
5108John BissonElvet Striders03:59:05MV407574355
12689Rachel CoyElvet Striders05:43:28FSEN17413565

* Position in Elite Race

Full results can be found at Sporthive

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