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Sunday 27th May – Edinburgh Marathon and Half Marathon


Report from OAC’s Ian Broadbent on the Edinburgh Marathon:

“Did the Edinburgh Marathon which was my first, finishing 3,689th in 4.14.15 (chip time), it was a lot warmer than I should have liked but just about got round.

I guess it would be a good course for anyone wanting a pb, it’s either downhill or flat”.

Report also from Dave Hainsworth:

“I finished 4,553rd in 4.27.59 (broke the magic 4.28 barrier) and Gilly Wight paused for a brief chat just before 19 miles before scorching away to finish 3,315th in 4.09.16. Richard Clarke also had a fabulous run finishing 370th with a chip time of 3.14.01.

There were also several Hairy Haggi from Otley in the Marathon team event”.

The Marathon was won by John Mutai in 2.19.49 and the first lady in fourteenth position overall was Natalia Lehonkova in 2.39.48.

Report from OAC’s Karen Best on the Edinburgh Half Marathon:

We headed off to Edinburgh for the Half Marathon this weekend. Having spent Saturday in glorious sunshine the mist was a welcome sight when we woke up very early on Sunday morning.

We bumped in to Tom Hannah at the start and gave him a hearty bit of encouragement at the end, funny how OAC members stand out in a crowd of thousands!

It was a great race even if the out and back element between nine miles and the finish was a tad soul destroying. Lloyd and I ran together for the first seven miles or should I say I hung in behind whilst he paced me. Lloyd managed a rather professional negative split as opposed to my knowing I had some seconds in the bag I could lose after the first seven miles!

Even with a positive split I came over the line jubilant with a pb and Club Records for FV35 and FV40…so May has turned out to be a good month!

The race was won by Michael Deason (Shettleston) in 68.19 and the first lady was Gabriela Traña in thirteenth position overall (75.00)

Results:

Lloyd Best: 1:25:36 (split 1: 40:11) 85th and 11th in Vet 40 – 49 category
Karen Best: 1:27:14 (split 1: 40:11) 124th and 5th in Vet 35 – 44 category and I was thirteenth lady home overall which I am soooo pleased with given the numbers…. thanks to Lloyd!

Tom Hannah finished 1,236th in 1.45.29.

  1. #1 by reid haddow on May 29, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    Fantastic running Karen and Lloyd, what a great run from you all, well done Tom as well and Richard!
    “Up the” Black and Whites”

  2. #2 by matt on May 30, 2012 - 7:06 pm

    Well done Karen,
    Must have been very pleasing for you. – will you or Lloyd pace me in an under 40 10 K. Good Job we did that training run at Thirsk, you were worried I was going too fast – but I only did it as you were on my shoulder.
    See you soon Matt

  3. #3 by matt on May 30, 2012 - 7:08 pm

    and whats with the negative and positive splits – can you explain?

  4. #4 by Karen B on May 31, 2012 - 8:57 am

    I’ll pace you matt!!! Thirsk was great….although we both know exactly why we were pushing each other!!!!

  5. #5 by Matt Broughton on June 3, 2012 - 8:41 am

    Nice one Richard impressive stuff only just seen your time.

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