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Amsterdam Marathon

19/10/2014

Sunday was a popular day for marathons and the Amsterdam Marathon was another event with DRC representation with 5 of its members in the field. Susan Gallagher took the time to let us know how she got on...

"My original target for this, my 3rd marathon of the year, was to get under 3.30. Unfortunately injury early on in the year scuppered my plans and my other 2 marathon times were 4.14 and 4.15 so the consistent training and required fitness was not there. Still, a weekend in Amsterdam with fellow running friends was enough incentive for me to head out there and give it my best shot for if not a sub 4, a seasons best.

The race was very well organised and not too busy for a big city marathon. The stadium start was excellent and a live euro trash pop singer playing at 9am was quite an absurd distraction for pre race nerves.

The race itself was quite uneventful in terms of drama. I didnt find it too warm or too windy despite others saying it was. I enjoyed the twisting and weaving through the city streets before we headed out along the river. The only down part was the tram line gaps which with small feet were a bit of an ankle twisting hazard.
My pace for the first 20km indicated a possible sub 4 but pretty much just after half way I was starting to slip over 9mm and focused on running steady to ensure a good finish. Supporters were noisy and enthusiastic and I got many shouts of 'Go Dumfries' as I ran.

As the kms ticked by up to 30 and 35, I still felt okay aside from a gradual slowing of pace, so decided to try and not take any walk breaks in the final stages and by running through the last few water stations, when so many others walked or stopped; I managed to pick my pace up again. By this time though my quads were protesting hugely and every stride hurt! I entered the Olympic stadium in a crowd of runners and the supporters cheering was just brilliant. I crossed the finish in 4.07 which is an 8 minute seasons best, got to be happy with that! No time to celebrate though as I had just over an hour to get to the airport for my flight home.

A big big thank you to Margaret Gray's Sunday marathon group who motivated and supported me on nearly all of my long runs."

Susan

Of the others who made the trip, Craig Malcolmson ran the race with three friends from Castle Douglas and used his experience to guide them through most of the run and crossed the line in 3 hours 48. Karen Reed has built up carefully to marathon distance and judged her pace very well in 4 hours 17 and her husband Andy ran with Paula Craven with both crossing the line in 4 hours 42.

Steve

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