This is always a difficult month I find to talk about, many of you began it with high marathon hopes, some have achieved and are delighted, and for others it’s a question of what went wrong, or why did my body breakdown when I wanted to be strong.
The marathon is the one distance that we spend so much time training for and for me it’s always a huge challenge, and we must remember just how far it is, yes more and more people do them, but it’s a fantastic achievement to complete 26.2 miles. However it went for you it’s the marathon medal’s you will always feel most proud of.
So let me start with congratulating our Manchester marathoners, Jamie Neill, Matt Knowles, Paul Hollidge, Paul Blackwell (64), and a cracking pb achieved by Charlie Keitch. While over in Rome Simon Miller went sub 4 on a hot sunny day.
On to Brighton and my Dutch courage award goes to Gary Hill, struggling with a knee injury and yet determined to finish, many would have pulled up and walked away, so well done Gary, and Matthew Jones had a superb debut and will I’m sure only get quicker and stronger for it, really pleased for you Matt.
And then to London, training hadn’t been great for Barry Jarvis but he got on with it and completed the course, Andy Stephens smashed his pb, and Dave Goldsmith joined the sub 3 club with a perfectly executed pace run of 2:59:52, and when you consider all the injury problems he has had, and his watch stopping at mile 23, that was a fantastic effort and as much I was happy with my run, I could not have been more delighted for him to achieve his ambition.
It was perfect running conditions, which usually means a bit nippy for those supporting, however it really means a lot when you spot someone you know, or hear your name called out on the marathon journey, so thank you to those of you who braved the weather and supported us all.
Oh and let’s not forget Mr Blackwell, this month has seen him run a back to back marathon, a 50 mile ultra and a few other marathon’s including a season best in Manchester and now up to 67! Paul it’s great following you on this expedition of yours, I have a work colleague who recently joined the 100 club, and he won’t take off his beanie hat! What a Cracking month of marathon’s once again.
Some great runs around the country and beyond this month, which have already been captured in our race reports, really good to see Scott and Matthew join Meera in sharing the love for our great club.
Some great achievement’s this month with Tom Fowler collecting a Bronze for his 20 mile race at Wymondham, and an excellent Silver in the Bromley 10k.
A fantastic returning to racing from Eric Shaw, and what a way to do it landing a Gold standard at Bromley 10k.
And for Dave Goldsmith a terrific Gold at London.
Welcome to the club David Iddon, who this month ran his 1st park run, also great to see Craig Wariner back running in the park run’s after a long time out with injury.
Thanks to Rodger the trail runs got underway with Charlie leading the way after round one, not long to wait next up is Friday woods on May 15th.
Also coming up in May the Micky Edwards series begins on the 18th, 5 races this year, with the 1st being a qualifying race and the next 4 as a handicap series with t-shirt prizes available once again for fastest runners, heat winners, and overall race leader.
This guy is literally travelling the world to run races, but in this month he has saved the best for home, A park run pb, a huge 4 minute 10k pb at Bromley, and then he finishes it off with a stunning 19 minute pb at the London Marathon, I’ve been following him closely with some excellent half marathon times in recent months, and his been on my shortlist for ROM since the year began, this guy is flying, and with the midnight sun marathon still to look forward to I predict him going from strength to strength. Well done and congratulations to Andy Stephens