Bournemouth Marathon Festival
- Bournemouth, Dorset
- 5km, 10km, half-marathon, Marathon
I had an ambitious goal of going sub 2:25, however a rather aggressive pacing strategy of coming through half-way in 1:10 wasn't the best way of trying to achieve this! Took the climbs nice and steady and flew down the descents, solo running in the lead until 37km at which point 2nd place caught me. Despite my best efforts he crept away from me as the distant Bournemouth Pier loomed all too slowly. I knew that I was on the edge as my fingers were getting tingly and my vision was starting to blur, so backed off to avoid the wheels properly falling off. Minor controversy at the finish as it transpired that the winner had taken a rather different route to everyone else, and despite running about the right distance, had avoided some hills... Still, just over a minute knocked off my London PB, on arguably a significantly slower course, so hopefully there is potential to go quicker again.
3 minutes faster than I ran last year. 10 minutes slower than my PB. Was aiming for nearer to 3.20
Ive got mixed emotions, the build up wasn’t great due to illness and being a bit sleep deprived as it’s 3 weeks since the birth of my second child (Theo) but lovely day for running and the crowds were great. I took 3 minutes off last years time but 10 mins slower than my PB. 7 out of 10
It wasn't definitely a flat course so I had a modest ambition of just doing another sub-3 marathon (11th year in a row). However the weather was almost ideal (12-14 degrees, sunshine, not too much wind), supporters amazing so unexpectedly I came very close to my all-time PB from 2012, finishing 14th overall. It's great to know that time has not taken its toll on me yet. Dedicated to my wonderful wife, Monica, and 2 lovely daughters: Laura and Victoria.
A reasonable run on unenthusiastic legs, but job done
I went into the race really unsure what I'd be capable of. A couple of early miles at low 2:30 pace told me that aerobically I was good, but my legs were complaining! A group of 5 helped keep me focused, but lost touch around 14 miles. It was a hard solo effort from there to 23 miles, when the afore mentioned group members atarted to come back to me. I managed to rally my pace in the last few miles to take back a couple of places, crossing the line in 6th and bagginga V35 England Masters marathon championships spot for 2019 in the process.
A beautiful course on a lovely sunny day. On target finish with a 4 minute improvement of my previous PB at the flatter Frankfurt Marathon last year.
I wasn't sure I was going to run when I got a 24 hour stomach bug on Monday, but recovered quickly and felt strong (if a bit lighter) on the day. Really enjoyed this course although as others have said, that pier takes a long time to arrive on the last stretch. However, it was only a few hundred metres away when I remembered we'd already been around the pier, so I was nearly over the finish line!
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