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New York Marathon

16/11/2016

It is the ambition of many runners to take part in one of the classic big city marathons and Fiona Jardine of Dumfries Running Club was delighted to get the opportunity to travel to New York to join 51,000 others for the marathon on November 6th

What made it an especially memorable event was that she was able to travel with her son and daughter Kerry and Liam as well.

The weekend of running started off on the Saturday with the 5k dash to the line where Fiona and Kerry and Liam took park with over ten thousand others. This warm up event started at the United Nations Building and finished at the marathon finish line in Central Park with crowds lining the street offering great support.

The main event of the marathon was on the Sunday and started off from Staten Island. The runners crossed the 2 mile long Staten Island bridge into Brooklyn which gave magnificent views of lower Manhattan. This was made even more special by a NYPD helicopter following the runners over the bridge with a policeman leaning out waving to the runners and all the runners waving back.

The race continued through Brooklyn and Queens with an incredible presence and volume of support from the crowds. Also along the way were fire department trucks with firemen standing and sitting on the roofs of their trucks cheering the runners on their way. The crowd numbered 1 million with the greatest support being the point the runners crossed the Queensborough bridge into Manhattan at 16 miles. This was the best part of the route to see friends and relatives and Fiona was delighted to see her children offering support and encouragement at this point.

As in every marathon the last 10 miles start to hurt especially getting to the 21/22 mile mark in the Bronx. On entering Central Park the crowd  were all shouting encouragement which certainly helped the runners along. Fiona found the route more challenging than expected but really enjoyed the race. Starting conservatively she reached halfway in just under 2 hours and used all her race experience in the second half and was pleased with her time of 4hours 15 minutes which placed her in the first third of the race finishers.

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