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.
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.
|Overall Pos.||Name||Club||Time||Category||Category Pos.||Gender Pos.|
|1*||Matthew Crehan||St. Helens Sutton A.C.||02:18:26||MSEN||1||1|
|23*||Anna Bracegirdle||Salford Harriers||02:40:17||FSEN||1||1|
|262||James McNaney||Elvet Striders||02:53:59||MSEN||177||256|
|1375||Iain Gibson||Elvet Striders||03:18:05||MSEN||785||1306|
|2277||Nina Bojadzic||Elvet Striders||03:30:00||FSEN||111||186|
|3033||Paul Swinburne||Elvet Striders||03:39:42||MV45||370||2752|
|3592||Kyle Sunley||Elvet Striders||03:45:41||MSEN||1794||3195|
|3748||David Oxlade||Elvet Striders||03:47:18||MSEN||1866||3314|
|5108||John Bisson||Elvet Striders||03:59:05||MV40||757||4355|
|12689||Rachel Coy||Elvet Striders||05:43:28||FSEN||1741||3565|
* Position in Elite Race