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Gloucester Marathon - Sunday 25th January (No 462)

Steve Edwards' race report...

This was a similar 3 lap undulating course to last year, only this time starting and finishing in Quedgeley. My plan was to try and get round in about 3:15 which would have matched my time from last year and also keep my average well under the 200 minute target. However, after completing the first 10km in just under 45 minutes and feeling pretty good, I decided to keep this faster pace going for as long as possible. Going through halfway in just over 1:33, I was still feeling okay so I kept up
the same pace. As I approached the 40km mark in 2:58, I really put the hammer down for the final part of the race to see how much I had left in my legs. Unfortunately, the course was slightly long and therefore the last 2km did indeed take a little longer than anticipated!. However I ran hard all the way back and managed to cross the line in 3:07:42 and finish in 7th place overall out of 188 finishers which I was very
pleased with.

So, 8 minutes faster than my finish time here last year, a really good start to the season, fingers crossed I can keep it going. I've also decided to attempt the 10 in 10 challenge again this year for a 3rd successive time, I've started my preparation for what is becoming one of
the ultimate extreme running events in the UK. I hope I can complete it again, 3 times would indeed be very special and as on previous occasions.

I will be looking to raise money for the Brathay Hall Trust.

10 Marathons in 10 days, that's 262 miles and around one of the toughest UK Marathon courses, 'The Windermere Marathon', England's largest lake!

If anyone would like to sponsor me, you can do this online at www.justgiving.com/steve10in10

Any donation, however small would be gratefully received.

Source: Steve Edwards

 

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