BMW Berlin Marathon

Date:
29/09/2019
Country:
Berlin
Distance:
Marathon

John Henry
Gary Qualter
Ronnie Glen
Jeff Saul
Nikki Chamberlain
James de Vivenot
Matthew Harvey
Rebecca Bunting
Craig Connor
Thomas Shaw
Patrick Higgins
Felix Allen
Martin Runte
Gray Davis
Sean Jermy

Craig Connor
02:57:14

In short:
Trust the Process is now a regular saying in our house. A massive 13 minute pb! Amazing feeling to actually feel strong in the last 6 and speed up. Problem is, now I'll have to go faster!!

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Jeff Saul
03:19:26

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Struggled a bit from early on, but kept steady until slowing from 20 miles. Still, zipped up the Yuki suit when 3:20 came into question.

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Thomas Shaw
02:37:02

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Nikki Chamberlain
03:37:42

In short:
Delighted to be back after bad injury struck in March to run a solid 3:37 and complete number 5 of the WMM’s!

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After bad injury struck post-Tokyo in March forcing me to miss London and drop out early from Comrades, getting fit and race ready for Berlin became the main focus. Delighted to have made my comeback with a solid 3:37 despite the rain yet again (Boston & Tokyo also!) doing its best to try and ruin things! WMM star number 5 claimed, onwards to Chicago in 2 weeks to claim number 6!



Ronnie Glen
2:56:19

In short:
Nearly 7 min PB passing through the big sub 3 :D

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Yeeess! Joined the sub 3 club after two failed attempts (London - little bit warm, Dublin -injured). Even lying on the ground in pouring rain in post race cramp collapse didn't wipe the grin off my stupid face!



Rebecca Bunting
02:48:42

In short:
Berlin is mega

In full:
Berlin Berlin! Great running through this wonderful capital. School girl errors of new shorts, shoes and socks (!) led to all sorts of chafing and blistering from early on. Plus my headphones failed on me at 5k meaning I ran my first marathon music-free. Ugh. But yes, it was great to get stuck into the atmosphere and exchange a few words with runners along the way (including a chat in Estonian - which I’m less practised in these days) and someone who recognised me from London marathon this year. Great music and support around the course, gradually building rain throughout (great for extra chafe), leading to downpour when I finished. Grateful to all who stood out in it to make it happen both martials and supporters. I ran 2.48 which is 2 minutes slower than my PB. Super pleased as wasn’t sure what to expect. Pre and post German beers to celebrate. And then: try explaining chafe in GCSE German in the aphotheke!



Patrick Higgins
02:32:27

In short:
4 min pb!

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After last years 2:36:40 the plan was to go out slightly faster and try and join the sub 2:35 club. Went out harder than planned and ended up running a lot of the race with Willowfield’s Neill Weir. Neill managed a 2 min pb and I managed to take just over 4 mins off as we joined the 2:32 club. Day was rounded off with last year’s girlfriend Mari who broke 3 for the first time with a 2:59, now fiancé taking a minute off with a wonderful 2:58:25.



Felix Allen
02:53:48

In short:
I pulled it off!

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I qualified for this race by just 12 seconds when I ran a V45 2:54:48 in Brighton way back in April 2018. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since those exploits. But I managed to turn the clock back and run a very steady negative split for my best road marathon time ever. Roll on Amsterdam.....



Martin Runte
03:58:14

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Great Run, but a little wet. If I would have ran a bit faster i would have stayed almost dry as the elite runners.

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Gray Davis
02:59:35

In short:
From 18 stone to the sub 3 club. Hello Boston 2021!

In full:
2018 and I broke my ankle 7 weeks before Berlin. It was payback - and boy did I get it! Berlin was my 2nd attempt at joining the sub 3 club after a 3:09 in May and I couldn’t have paced it any better! Half way 1:29:52 and 1:29:43 for the tougher weather conditions in the latter miles, I crossed the line with tears of joy. I had done it! Thank you Berlin! Over the moon and a half!



James de Vivenot
04:14:22

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Sean Jermy
02:56:22

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4 minute pb, negative split second half 1:29:51 & 1:27:31, first sub 3, boom, go hard or go home.

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4 minute pb, negative split second half 1:29:51 & 1:27:31, first sub 3, boom, go hard or go home.



Steven Boyle
03:32:17

In short:
Went way better than I ever could have imagined! Pacing was spot on and all I needed to do was #trusttheprocess

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Emma Lamb
03:46:46

In short:
A wet but triumphant Berlin

In full:
Had a fantastic race, this was a big PB for me taking off just over 7 mins off and exactly 10 mins quicker than the last Berlin marathon I ran in 2017. I only ran 33 seconds slower in the 2nd half - absolutely delighted to have finally kept up the pace!! Berlin always makes me feel emotional, turning that last corner and seeing the Brandenburg Gate - realising I was going to PB completely overwhelmed me. So much so I gave myself a stitch and was trying not to turn into a blubbering mess down the finishing straight! Just one of those rare magic runs where things fit into place - my friend Sammy also PB'd at 3:45, celebrations all round!



John Kissane
03:21:57

In short:
Was ok but lack of long runs caught up with me after the 32k mark.

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