Thursday, 4 June 2009

Albert Bartlett Edinburgh Marathon 31st May 2009

As road runners go, we are a hardy bred and like a challenge, so 4 of us decided to give the 2009 Edinburgh Marathon a go. Unfortunately a month before the off , one of the hardy crew had to pull out with injury. This is the second year Colin Thomson has had bad luck with the Edinburgh Marathon, but never one to give up a challenge, he has vowed to return next year.

Sunday arrived, and the excitement was building. We had fuelled out bodies up with pasta the night before, but as we left at 8 am to make our way to the start, the temperature was already close to 20 degrees. We realised the times that we wanted might not be achievable, it was more survival in the heat.

The route was scenic, and pretty flat. The first 5 miles of the course are practically downhill, which enabled the runners to get warmed up and a nice pace going. When we got onto Portobello promenade, runners hoping for a breeze by the seaside were disappointed, as the wind and sea were still, and it was getting hotter!!

When we reached Musselburgh, a welcoming breeze picked up to cool the runners...slightly. There was some shade on the way out to Longniddry which enabled us to hide from the evil sun, but as we turned and headed back, the remaining 8 miles was in the afternoon heat. Just add sand and it would have felt as hot as the Sahara!

As the legs tired, the crowds gathered, and this enabled us to continue on to the finish, where a massive crowd met us at Musselburgh Racecourse, where we collected our medal and an endless supply of water and lucozade to aid our recovery.

Our finishing positions and times are :

pos name time

490 Barry Paterson 03:21:04
10k: 00:42:14
Half: 01:31:10
30k: 02:10:59
Marathon: 03:21:04

518 Stephen Oliver 03:21:57
10k: 00:43:48
Half: 01:35:46
30k: 02:18:22
Marathon: 03:21:57

5353 Rhona Penman 04:40:52
10k: 00:54:51
Half: 02:04:02
30k: 03:04:16
Marathon: 04:40:52

Reporter: Barry Paterson

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