|1||Neal Emmerson||Asics Windermere Marathon||Ambleside, Cumbria||2:44:00|
|A scenic and hilly road marathon in the sunshine around Lake Windermere.|
Always a fantastic event at Brathay and there was a fitting tribute to Matt Campbell before the start. Great support round the course and the super human people doing the 10in10, I struggle doing it once. Pleased to knock over 6 minutes off my time from last year and take my first ever marathon win!
|2||Pete Fenn||Rock n Roll Liverpool||Liverpool||03:00:18|
|Hot and (too) hilly!|
A redemption of sorts after the disappointment of having to DNF at Boston due to poor clothing choices in the shocking weather. But I did not put the hammer down soon enough to make up 19 more seconds!
|3||Richard Cockbain||Exeter Marathon||Exeter, Devon||3:04:51|
|Another hot race on the most overly complicated, overlapping course! Blighted by aggravating an injury it was a painful last 10 miles but glad I persisted.|
|4||Charlie Batho||Asics Windermere Marathon||Ambleside, Cumbria||3:11:13|
|Hot and hilly but so friendly and scenic|
Was hoping for sub 3.10 but the last 0.2 of a mile is a cruel steep finish.
|5||Felix Allen||Kigali International Peace Marathon||Kigali, Rwanda||03:16:32|
|Fun in Kigali, Rwanda, not Great Britain as per my bungled listing.|
Really tough marathon but then again Rwanda is known as the land of a thousand hills so the 500+ metres of ascent should have come as no surprise but still hurt. Pretty hot too peaking at about 28 and an altitude of 1500 metres which is just on the cusp of making a difference. Lovely race around the capital finishing in the Amahoro Stadium.
|6||Lasse Keisalo||Helsinki City Marathon||Helsinki, Finland||03:16:59|
|Great race in great weather, good atmosphere and well organized. Great weather meant warm conditions as well but I won't complain, living in the north. Not a spectacular time but still very happy all things considered. The going got tough after halfway but I zipped up the Yuki suit and was able to hang on.|
|7||Ronnie Glen||Cape Wrath Challenge Marathon||Durness, Sutherland||03:19:35|
|VMLM redemption achieved|
Unique event as far north & west you can go on in mainland Britain. Made up for London burnout and made the 'Beast from the East' training worthwhile with a totally unexpected and very random race win! Thanks to a few fast guys running the relay option I took the win in a time I was very happy with given the 800 metres total climb. Due to it being a staggered start due to the mid-race (untimed) ferry (!) I didn't know until the prizegiving evening.
|8||Simon Gurney||Worcester Marathon & Half Marathon||Worcester, Worcestershire||03:21:46|
|A tough run in the heat along (un)pleasantly undulating rural roads to the north of Worcester.|
After the heat at London and Milton Keynes marathons, I was hopeful that this would be cooler. It was but only just. I was chasing a 3:15 GFA time (for the 3rd time this year) and yet again the heat (and the hills outside Worcester) meant it was not meant to be. However, can't grumble with a 10th place finish though :-)
|9||Ivan Jeary||Exeter Marathon||Exeter, Devon||03:24:46|
|Off too fast on a warm day. Ok for 20 miles, then detonated for a 25-minute positive split. Ow!|
|10||Daniel Donahoo||Great Ocean Road Marathon||Lorne||03:25:56|
|My debut marathon. Conditions started nice, but winds increased to 20-30km on this hilly, but spectacular course running alongside the southern ocean. Ran to heart rate, and felt just fantastic most of the way. Beat best possible time by 5min. And, negative split on first marathon - especially proud of that given the headwind.|
This running thing is pretty damn good, isn't it?
|11||Chris Barton||White Peak Marathon||Thorpe, Derbyshire||03:29:38|
Not a PB day, but considering the heat and relentless sun was happy to come in sub 3:30. First time at the White Peak Marathon but definitely one I would do again, next time I’ll remember sun cream! Fast course if conditions are kind, maybe next year!!
|12||Simon Wildes||Great Ocean Road Marathon||Lorne||03:35:51|
|First official marathon bonk|
Happy to get to the start & finish line given I couldn’t walk for a week post Wings for Life run in Melbourne just 2weeks ago. Mentally not in the game. Nice to get passed by two ladies in baby blue marathon talk tech shirts. Going so slow over the last 15k allowed more time to enjoy the magnificent scenery. A bad day running is better than any day not running. The journey to a sub 3hour marathon will continue
|13||Robin Hawkins||Exeter Marathon||Exeter, Devon||03:41:27|
|Hot, u turns, bit long, but nice race|
|14||Hideo Takano||Colfax Marathon||Denver, USA||04:10:01|
|Joined the mile high club!|
After inverse tapering in Silverton and Aspen, running at "only" a mile high didn't seem too bad.
|15||John Sanders||Exeter Marathon||Exeter, Devon||04:11:54|
|Interesting course with multiple loops and switchbacks but pretty scenic; and the heat put paid to any thoughts of a sub 4; excellent marshals but some room for improvement in organisation|
|16||Koen Lefever||Beer Lovers' Marathon||Liege||05:55:59|
|16 beertastings along the route. And an afterparty with free beer. Just perfect.|
|17||Matt East||Beer Lovers' Marathon||Liege||06:45:00|
|Drunken hurty crawl between beer stops. Epic fun being ‘encouraged’ to get a move on by the tail walkers.|
Runners world don’t advertise prepping for a marathon by getting very drunk the night before and then imbibing hair of the dog all race day. For good reason. Slowest marathon ever. Most fun
|1||Hollie Smith||Liverpool Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & Half Marathon||Liverpool||03:24:55|
|Great event, well organised and fab medals.|
|2||Abigail Harradine||Worcester Marathon & Half Marathon||Worcester, Worcestershire||03:53:41|
|Too hot to trot.|
|3||Claire Wood||Liverpool Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & Half Marathon||Liverpool||04:38:02|
|My first ever marathon! Highlights were running through the stunning city of Liverpool, round Goodison Park, through Anfield, the beautiful parks and hearing some fantastic music all the way round. Low points were pretty much the last 10 miles when the heat got the better of me which slowed me substantially. Fantastic event, would do it again!|
|4||Frances Biggin||Asics Windermere Marathon||Ambleside, Cumbria||04:54:50|
|A fantastic, undulating course round England’s largest lake.|