Results from York, report from Andy Webster:
A small turnout from Otley AC but I think everyone was happy with their times. The weather was foggy and cool, with the lack of wind the running conditions were perfect.
Hugh Pearson had parked his camper van 200 metres from the start which was great for pre-race changing and post race lie down! I set of at the back of zone two, and there was a little bit of crowd congestion at the start. Hugh was about a minute ahead of me through the start line. I had not trained as hard as Edinburgh, and with the combination of a football injury and 4 days of beer in Amsterdam the week before, did not know what to expect, so tried to keep to 8 min miles as long as I could. Only saw Jeremy once as we passed each other at 17 and 19 miles respectively. He was looking very strong. Don’t think I really hit the wall today in the marathon which is a first.
Jeremy finished first Otley runner, I was second, followed in by Hugh, who suffered a bit in the last 10 K. Billy, Sarah, and Emma all ran well. Emma first marathon after 5 previous attempts scuppered by injury and ill health.
Would do it again, but maybe not next year as two marathons a year is a lot to psyche yourself up for! Manchester in April is the next target (after a few weeks rest).
Watch the highlights on Channel 4 here.
Otley results Jeremy Stewart, 3:10:22, Andy Webster in 3:35:01, Hugh Pearson 3:45:11, Sara Richard 4:17:56, Liz Fawcett 4:22:14, Billy Rayner 4:26:52 and Emma Jones 4:42:31, (assuming this is our Emma, as the results are missing her club details).