Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Date:
21/10/2018
Country:
Toronto
Distance:
half-marathon, Marathon

Matt Cunnane
James Murray
Fiona Leatham
Jacqueline Millett
Camilla Langlands
Ally Whitlock

Fiona Leatham
04:15:32

In short:
Headed over to Toronto for this truly international marathon. Taking part with my partner Rob Moyse we had both had a less than perfect build up to the event.

In full:
With 3 distance options of 5k,half marathon and full marathon and a chunk of training missed due to illness and injury I was considering switching to the half marathon. After repeatedly delaying making the final decision I found myself lining up for the full distance just to see if I could get round and hoping for maybe a comrades qualifying time. On the day we woke up to cold temperatures with a minus 4 windchill. Once running the conditions were not bad at all. The marathon had great support most of way around the lakeshore route and the whole event was excellently organised, right from the ride to the expo in a big yellow school bus, to the event app on which you could track runners in real time. My run went better than expected (with my longest training run being only 14 miles), I focused on completing 5k at a time and managed to finish just 3 minutes outside my pb, Rob also had a good run with with a 3:50 finish so two comrades qualifying times in the bag. A fab race very much recommended.



Fiona Leatham
04:14:32

In short:
Headed over to Toronto for this truly international marathon. Taking part with my partner Rob Moyse we had both had a less than perfect build up to the event.

In full:
With 3 distance options of 5k,half marathon and full marathon and a chunk of training missed due to illness and injury I was considering switching to the half marathon. After repeatedly delaying making the final decision I found myself lining up for the full distance just to see if I could get round and hoping for maybe a comrades qualifying time. On the day we woke up to cold temperatures with a minus 4 windchill. Once running the conditions were not bad at all. The marathon had great support most of way around the lakeshore route and the whole event was excellently organised, right from the ride to the expo in a big yellow school bus, to the event app on which you could track runners in real time. My run went better than expected (with my longest training run being only 14 miles), I focused on completing 5k at a time and managed to finish just 3 minutes outside my pb, Rob also had a good run with with a 3:50 finish so two comrades qualifying times in the bag. A fab race very much recommended.



Ally Whitlock
04:06:25

In short:
I did it! I finished the marathon that 4 weeks ago I didn’t think I’d be fit enough to start. A bittersweet moment, this was to be my swan song, my final road race & I was planning on going out in a blaze of PB glory. Life happens, injury happens & six weeks of missed training meant I lined up on one 20 mile long run & a handful of shorter sessions. I was running blind, not knowing really where my fitness was & what I was capable of. After a good solid first 21 miles the lack of long runs & training became apparent. I had ALL the energy but my legs no longer wanted to cooperate. The final 5 miles saw sub-4 slip away as my mind took over from my body & sheer mental strength got me to that finish line. Not the PB I was originally aiming for but I can’t knock 4:06:25 when only a few weeks ago I was looking at a DNS. I’m now hanging up my road (racing) shoes & returning to my beloved trails, to hills, mud & eating cake mid-run!

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James Murray
3.28.39

In short:
God that was cold! Pleased with the result after a while out injured. A little quicker than last weeks Niagara Falls marathon, so I’m going in the right direction.

In full:


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