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RunLiverpool Marathon and RunWirral 10k

14/10/2012

The weather in Liverpool was ideal, sunny and cool with little or no wind for the three DRC members who travelled down to Liverpool at the weekend...

RunLiverpool Marathon

Alan Baxter decided to test himself with another marathon this year to see if he could cash in on his current good form and improve on his pb, and perhaps even get under the 3 hour mark.

The first half of the route, on the Birkenhead side of the Mersey, is mainly flat and net downhill, and Alan was well on course at 10k (40.30) to achieve his targets. This pattern continued to half way, which was also half-way through the Mersey Tunnel in 86 min. From this point the course then became more challenging, with a climb of around one mile long out of the tunnel, quickly followed by another climb to mile 15.

Alan takes up the story, "The next two miles were a bit kinder and gave runners a chance to recover in time for "heart-break hill" a one mile slog up to 18 miles. It was then that I first felt the twinges of cramp. I managed to keep going at a reasonable pace and calculated at 20 miles that a 45 min 10k would be good enough to see me well under 3 hours.  The wheels came off at 22 miles when the cramp stopped me in my tracks. This slowed my pace to 9 min/miles and the infamous wall kicked in around 25 miles. These last few miles were stop/start and meant I finished in 3.07.11, which was 91st from around 3,500 finishers. This gave me a new pb by 11 minutes 20 seconds but meant no sub 3-hour. After a pep talk from Kev, plans are afoot for a spring attempt!"

Alan

RunWirral 10k

From the same start in Birkenhead Park (the model for Central Park in New York), Audrey and Doug Brown took part in the RunWirral 10k. The course took in the first 6.2 miles of the marathon, and provided the runners with a potentially fast route through Wirral surroundings to the finish in the seaside town of New Brighton.

Audrey claims to have enjoyed the course except for the gradual climb from 2 to 4 miles, before the sharp drop down to the welcome sight of the coast at New Brighton. Doug was impressed by the level of support and encouragement given by the crowd that lined the streets to the finish and wouldn't hesitate to recommend the race to others for the future. Both ran together finishing in 54:30, giving Audrey a very respectable 3rd place in the FV50 category and 237th o/a of the 778 finishers.

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