Despite being held in northerly climes, the late May scheduling means that athletes often have to put up with sunny weather, which is not a blessing for marathon runners who need to stay both cool and hydrated. Joe, who had been looking strong in training in the run up to the event, stormed around, running 06:47 pace over the first 10K, slowing to just over 7 minute mile paces to complete the first half in 01:32:25. Unsurprisingly, he could not replicate this form for the second half and finished in a time of 03:44:19, a very decent first attempt. He commented “So proud to finish my first ever marathon … lots to learn but very happy with the support, which was fantastic.”
Four Dursley runners, Neil Parry, Shona Darley and Sue and Julian Peachey, represented the club at the 2014 Edinburgh marathon on 25 May. Billed as ‘the fastest marathon in the UK’, the race starts with a downhill section and then remains flat to the finish line. The weather was better than expected, and all three finished well. Neil led the Dursley contingent home, finishing in 3.11.10, so close to that 3.10 marker. Sue smashed her sub 4 hour target and Julian acquitted himself admirably in his first marathon. Shona, who didn't think she'd make the start line 3 weeks ago with asthma, came in under 5 hours. A fantastic effort.
Results: Neil Parry 3.11.10; Sue Peachey 3.56.59; Julian Peachey 4.30.15; Shona Darley 4:58
This year's Edinburgh saw the beginings of the British summer, with the heat making the event quite a challenge for the runners. Two Dursley athletes made it to the strat line buy a most circuitous route, Ray and Mel Williams flying in from Lanzarotte. Both their runs made the journey more than worthwhile. Mel running a substantial PB with a 03:56 with Ray completing the race in 03:36.
Along with 11,000 other runners Dursley Running club’s Gareth Bradbury and Sarah Crabtree lined up for the Bristol 10k on Sunday 20th of May. Gareth finishing 775th in 43:39 and Sarah 3951st in 54:24.
A further update on Tewkesbury Half, Kate Browning, finished well up the field in 218th in a time of 01:41:07. With Andy Kilby 405th in 01;51:18 (having cycled there) and Alice made three Dursley runners with an excellent PB 01:47:59. 818 finished Tewkesbury.
Earlier in the week Chris Gaze and Kevin Jackson went down to Weston for the Prom 5 Mile run. Chris was 15th in 30.08 with Kevin 24th 31.10.
Results and further comment may be found on Dursley Running Clubs face book page.