Rotary Shakespeare Marathon/Half Marathon

Date: 27th Apr 2014
Distance: Marathon
Type: MT
Comments: Having been unwell a couple of times since the turn of the year with Positional Vertigo and having been on medication up until about a week before I was under trained and struggling. Synptoms had stopped about a week previously and had stopped medication. I had been debating all week if I should run or not, had done 17 miles, 19 mile and 21.5 in training but had struggled with all of them. A visit to the Osteopath on Thursday and a 5 miles jog with the dog on Friday made up my mind, I would go, be prepared for a PW but tick another one of on the way to 100 Marathons! That's my excuses out the way, now for the race! The weather forecast had been pretty grim all week, drove through some significant rain on the way up but on arrival was only slightly damp. The plan was to start at the back of the field and try to work my way through what I could, I knew I wasn't fit and didn't want to get dragged along with the Half Marathon runners at the start, I also have a tendency to go off to fast. All was going to plan, felt comfortable but was still a bit concerned because I was going a bit quicker than I had been in training. Was picking off plenty of runners, including a lot of slower Half runners so psychologically it was going well. Got to 11 miles and my Garmin decided to give up on me. The buckle had broken on it during the week and although I had it fixed at the local shop I was concerned that it may go again so had unusually worn my wrist watch as well. So I ran the last 15 miles estimating my time form my wrist watch and asking one or two others for their stop watch time. There are a couple of inclines on this circuit which the Marathoners have to do twice. The last is about 18 miles, the longest I had run in training without a walking break was 16 so I set my mind to get to that last hill and see if I could run up it which I did. This gave me another boost, a steep decline occurs after this hill which was actually harder than running up it! I managed to keep running up to about 22 and a half miles before having my 1st walk but managed to get going again, I had checked my PW before I left home and new I had to beat 4:53:44 and I new I could now do that if I could keep it going at the rate I was and I achieved that, so all in all not as bad as I had anticipated. This is a good Marathon to do, my 1st time here and I will I am sure return, nice medal but no goody bag. Would have been nice to have sone other drink at the finish other than just water which I had enough of on the way round. The Marshals were great, very encouraging, plenty of drink stations, the kids on the drink station around 11 and 23 miles you could hear from about a mile away, some vocal support in the town centre at the start and the villages on the way round. Showers and changing available at the finish which is always a good thing and all just an hours drive from Oxford! Well done to our Half Marathon runners, if there were any PB's plea add or message me to add!
Results:
Marathon
Gun Position
Chip Position
Name
Club
Cat
Gun time
Chip Time
1
1
Mark Sands
M35
2;46:45
2:46:23
638
637
Graham Day
HRR
M45
4:47:40
4:44:28
732
730 Last
David Moles
100 Marathon Club
M55
5:49:23
5:44:29
Half Marathon
Gun Position
Chip Position
Name
Club
Cat
Gun Time
Chip Time
1
1
David Bell
Cirencester Athletics Club
M
1:10:46
1:10:46
91
103
Matt Charlton
HRR
M
1:31:39
1:31:29
176
195
Kate Sergeant
HRR
F
1:36:11
1:36:00
372
401
Geoff Burke
HRR
M45
1:44:35
1;43:41
763
838
Caroline Evans
HRR
F
1:55:17
1:54:39
1995
1995 Last
Sue Mulvey
F55
4:10:42
4:10:42
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