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Brathay Windermere Marathon

20/05/2012

On Sunday 20th May, Sandie Donald took her place on the start line of the Brathay Windermere Marathon alongside nearly 800 other runners. This was Sandie's debut at the distance and judging by the following account it was an experience that she thoroughly enjoyed....  

''From start to finish I found the Brathay Windermere marathon to be a superbly organised event, complete with family fun day. The course wound its way anti-clockwise from Ambleside right around Lake Windermere. There seemed to be hundreds of marshals and supporters who were brilliant at keeping the tired runners going, which was very, very welcome, some supporters I saw at least five times as they stationed themselves at various points around the course, talk about déjà vu – but it was fantastic!

I was definitely up for my first marathon and felt good. From the very start I knew that this was a marathon which would really test my physical ability and mental attitude with its hills galore and the unexpected heat. I set off at a very steady pace knowing that I would need all the energy for the last miles - how right I was! There was plenty of chat between competitors and lots of support for each other as we all suffered together, and it was wonderful to greet people after the race as if old friends, but whom you'd only met a few hours before… during a marathon.

After ten miles I decided I needed a wee bit of help from my music, only to find my iPod wasn’t working, never had a problem with it until now…however I was very calm and decided it would actually be better to run without it as I could soak up the atmosphere better!!!

Mile twenty one onwards was really tough but I avoided hitting any walls and was able to plod on knowing that I would finish - only positive thoughts during this run!

The finish line was a really welcome sight especially with Molly, my daughter, screaming her support. I was quite emotional after crossing the line and completely exhausted but it was quite reassuring that almost everyone around me was hardly able to walk either.

By completing the marathon I also raised some money for the Queensberry Learning Centre in Georgetown Primary School which is where I teach.

The big question is: would I run another marathon?  The answer…yes, once my toenails recover and I can wear shoes again!

Finishing time 4 hours 36 minutes = 1 Sandie over the moon.''

Sandie

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