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Edinburgh Festival of Running

26/05/2013

On Sunday 26th May, 4 Club members took to the streets of Edinburgh to take part in the capital's Festival of Running... Whilst Fiona Jardine and Jo Needham took part in the Marathon, Danny and Sarah Queen participated in the Half...

Marathon

Jo reports as follows, "I entered the marathon back in October last year and began training before Christmas. It was tough to keep the training going throughout some awful weather, including snow, ice and gale force winds, but I was motivated by my wish to raise funds for Alzheimer's Scotland. Eventually the big day arrived along with the now traditional hot weather.

Fiona travelled up the night before and made a weekend trip out of it whereas I travelled up with my partner and a friend who were also running the marathon.

We lined up in our colour designated pens like lambs to the slaughter, emotions and nerves running high and we were set off at intervals as there were so many competitors we couldn't all start at once.

From the word go I felt fatigued, I think a combination of nerves and lack of sleep. The first 3 miles were spent weaving in and out of runners, all trying to get some personal space, I then ran well up until about 10 miles but then slowed right down. After that, my time went out of the window and I just concentrated in getting round and completing it. I broke the race down into small sections and just kept telling myself that as long as I was moving forward that was ok. I passed a lot of runners who were walking but I managed to keep running, albeit slowly.

The crowd support was superb, the streets were lined up with locals handing out sweets, water and spraying the hot exhausted runners with hose pipes. The Edinburgh Samba School and the Taiko drummers spurred us on with their rhythmic beats"

Fiona added, "I was really glad I did the marathon. I thought it was really warm at the start. I'm ok with my time with it being my first marathon.. I survived it! On arriving home my kids had made me a cake, on the cake it said "You're Alive". Originally I said I would only do it once but I am already thinking I may do it again. Without DRC I don't think I would have done it".

Jo completed the race in 4:46:23 and Fiona finished in a time of 4:52:05, with both expressing their thanks to Maggie Gray for her support over the past few months.

Half Marathon

Danny and Sarah chose to run in the day's Half Marathon with Danny giving us his insight to the race as follows. "The iconic Edinburgh half marathon was again blessed with beautiful sunshine and warm weather for the 08:00am start. Sarah and I joined the hordes of enthusiastic runners stretching the length of Regent Street and were fortunate to get near the front of our corral for a trouble free start to the race.

Sarah made the best of the downhill start and set off at 6.5 minute/mile pace for the first 6 miles. After that the course flattened out and due to the heat she sensibly reeled in her pace to nearer 7 minute/mile until mile 11. From a slower start, I managed to catch Sarah around this time and we ran the last 2 miles into a stiff sea breeze to the Musselburgh finish together, to record a time of 92:33 in 269th and 270th place. However the big honour of the day went to Sarah who was delighted to have smashed her half marathon PB by 6 minutes and was amongst the top 30 women finishers".

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