Report from Tom Paget: It’s been nearly 7 years since I last ran a marathon. In the intervening years I’ve made plenty of promises to myself to run another one, but have never managed to muster up the enthusiasm for the training that I knew I’d have to put in if I wanted to run a time that I would be happy with. For whatever reason the motivation seemed a bit stronger this year (perhaps it’s because I’m not getting any younger!) and so I identified the Chester marathon as my goal for the year.
The training had gone pretty well, with only a minor injury holding me back for a week earlier in the summer, and so I arrived at the start line at Chester Racecourse under perfect weather conditions knowing that this was my chance to run a reasonable time. It is a lovely course. Generally flat (although a horrible hill at 24 miles killed me off) through the Cheshire countryside and villages, with good support and excellent organisation. I can thoroughly recommend it.
The early miles ticked by very easily, my only concern was that I was running too slow. But taking it steady certainly paid off, as I felt very comfortable and really enjoyed myself right up to 22 miles. The last 4 miles were horrible, but I was delighted to finish in 173rd place out of 2885 in 33.11.14 (chip time) a PB by over 8 minutes. No more marathons for me for a while!
Andy Webster was also running, and he finished in 3.53.45 in 716th place.
Full results here. http://ale.niftyentries.com/Results/MBNA-Chester-Marathon-2016