16 11 2010
Fi and I headed into Wales on Saturday to do the marathon at the Gower stage of the Endurancelife Coastal Trail series. A great venue for a run with some stunning coastal scenery and moorland terrain. Not conducive to a fast marathon time however as there were plenty of hills and mud and an extra 4k thrown in to make the total distance around 46km.
After a week of wet weather Saturday turned out to be a nice sunny day so we had warm air and great views for the run even if it was still pretty soggy underfoot.
I wasn’t really expecting to be right at the front however that’s where I found myself after the first few minutes so decided to keep the pressure on and see if I could run away from the rest of the pack. That seemed to work out and after a while I had left the chasing group behind and was picking off the Ultra runners and early marathon starters who had set off 45 minutes before the main marathon start.
At around 40km I was really starting to suffer especially as it was now apparent that there was much more that 2km to go! Fortunately I had just enough left to keep up a steady pace to the end and finished in 3hrs 44mins, 15mins clear of 2nd and setting a new course record by a scant 17 seconds.
Fi had a bit of trouble with her ankle but still got around in just over 5 hours, both of us really having enjoyed the Gower peninsular running.
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