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Run Brussels Marathon

06/10/2013

On Sunday 6th October, Dumfries Running Club friends Theresa Lavery and Martha Halbert took part in the Run Brussels Marathon...

Martha had decided to set herself the challenge of completing a marathon before she reaches the ripe old age of 30 next year, and being a generous and giving person extended the invite to anyone interested (or crazy enough!) to want to do a marathon pre (or post) 30 years of age!

The occasion quickly became an international affair with Irish, Scottish and Texan friends signing up and Martha set off to Brussels with a small entourage of photographers, bag carriers and beer buddies. One of the selected few was Theresa Lavery who was curious about the food and drink Brussels has to offer and the run seemed like a good excuse to try these out.

The crisp autumn day was perfect for the marathon, and the pre-race entertainment added to the European party atmosphere. The race started at The Cinquantenaire with Martha and Theresa setting off together with a sub four hour marathon in mind. The route took in Brussels finest architecture and scenery with the finish in the city's famous medieval square, the Grand-Place.

Martha had the luxury of having her very own personal pacer (and haribo supplier!) throughout her training and the race in the form of her boyfriend Hugh Killen. The crowd had no problem cheering and shouting support for Martha and Theresa whose names were pre-printed on their numbers bib, but ‘Allez Hugh’ was only to be heard once from a sympathetic Scottish spectator! However this did nothing to deter Hugh's pacing skills. Martha and Theresa both ran at a steady pace and the long summer months of training paid off as both felt stronger with the passing of each kilometre on the Belgian streets.

With the finish in sight, both runners managed to up their pace for the final two downhill kilometres and were happy to cross the line with legs still attached! Martha finished in 983rd place in a time of 3:57:59 and Theresa in 976th in a time of 3:57:46 with both happy to complete the race in under four hours.

Both runners would like to convey their thanks to experienced marathon runner Danny Queen (the twelfth man) who was always eager to give advice before the race about pace and preparation for the run. This came in handy when Martha’s GPS stopped working in the tunnels on the route and she then had to resort to old fashioned arithmetic to calculate her distances and time!

Martha is reported to be still wearing her finishing medal and has even started to plan her outfits around the black, yellow and red on the ribbon! However at the time of writing, neither she nor Theresa have made any plans to take part in any sporting events in the near future!

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