This week I couldn’t possibly split the performances of our 6 members who took on the Manchester marathon so member of the week goes to all of them. Neil Willsher, Steve Heighway, Adam Pope, Steve Cory, Mick Conroy and Stuart Drummond. All achieved something huge in their own right.
Neil was our first runner home as he went under 3 hours for the first time (only our second ever member to do so) to smash his PB with an impressive 2.58.35.
Stuart, on his debut road marathon, was next over the line with an awesome effort of 3.06.26.
Steve H, who has recently moved up to the Vet 45 age category, ran his fastest marathon for 26 years equalling his previous best with 3.18.06. Some gutsy early running meant Steve passed the half way point in a faster time than he ran the MK winter half marathon in back in December and he also broke his 20 mile PB on route.
Next in was Adam who had a target of sub 3 hours 30 mins. He blow that time and his PB to bits with a time of 3.24.30.
Then came training partners Steve C and Mick who spent 25 miles trying to lose each other before deciding to run the final mile and cross the finish line together in a time of 3.28.41, just outside their PB’s but a great performance never the less. These two always have great battles in races so this was a nice show of mutual respect for just how much effort they both put in.
Their combined time was 19.44.59, an average of 3.24.09 which is now the target for our 6 members taking on the London marathon this coming Sunday.