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Scottish Championships silver for Lisa!

29/09/2013

The 2013 Baxters Loch Ness Marathon was chosen to host this year's Scottish Marathon Championships and Dumfries Running Club had representation in the event in the shape of Lisa Finlay and Danny Queen...

 

Lisa is no stranger to the race having won in 2011 and been runner up last year, so knows the course well. She gives her account of her 2013 experience as follows:

"I knew in advance that there was an impressive women's field, and I had promised myself I would not be pushed into a fast early pace. The conditions on the day were beautiful - perfect to show off the gorgeous scenery and ideal for running. I started very comfortably on the downhill first few miles, knowing how much it takes out of you if you run these fast, and a lot of women went ahead of me. I felt confident I could catch up if I was patient, or at least wouldn't suffer too much in the second half. The miles were soon whizzing by, and I started catching people. I ran through 13.1 miles in 1.25 feeling very fresh and relaxed. I was 5th lady at this stage, but caught Carole Setchell at 16 miles, and then Jennifer Emsley on the hill at 20 miles. I was still feeling good and holding my pace with no difficulty but I couldn't see the next woman. The last couple of miles were pretty tough but I was hoping for a new personal best so fought on as best I could and finished third in 2.52.22. As well as my PB, this gave me second in the Scottish championships and first vet 40. The first woman and Scottish champion was Megan Crawford who ran an amazing 2.46.37 on her marathon debut! I think she has a great future in marathon running!

The event is brilliantly organised with runners getting a choice of hot meals, perfect for recovery! There is a great atmosphere and lots for family and friends to enjoy while they are waiting. It is probably the hardest marathon course I have done despite its inviting looking downhill start (as this kills your legs and makes it hard to pace), but it is one of my favourites for sure."

Danny completed the race in 3.15.59 and was satisfied with this time which gave him an overall race position of 168th and placed him well up in the V50 category.

Lisa

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