Posted: 06/11/2016 at 10:52
Ran the Thames Meander Marathon yesterday put on by Dave Ross (UK ambassador) of Hermes Running. Here is my race report.
Thames Meander Marathon 5th November
Lovely race and well organised. My main aim of the race was to upgrade my pen from D to C for Comrades next year. Weather was perfect, not too cold, no rain and more importantly not windy. I started off running a few seconds quicker than originally planned but felt OK so thought i would go with it. Got to halfway in 1.39 something and felt fine. Whats the worst that can happen now, i can blow up but still should get in under 3.40 with the buffer i had built up. Managed to keep clocking the miles consistently and went through 20 miles in just under 2.30 - new 20 mile PB.
In the final few miles I thought i would be under my PB but but rowers decided now was the time to launch their boats into the river. Obstacles at mile 25 of a marathon is not ideal and it hampered my effort. It was still going to be close, I could see the finish line so had to employ my first sprint finish at the end of a marathon but was it worth it? Just, by 3 seconds but a PB is a PB. So finished in 3.18.08. Comrades now officially qualified for and in pen B. Hope this bodes well for a great run next year.