13 in 13 Marathon No.3 – Saxon Shore Marathon – Event Summary
We had the choice of running on either Saturday or Sunday of the inaugural Saxon Shore Marathon in Deal. Running a marathon in December is obviously going to have pitfalls in terms of the likelihood of wind/rain and snow, especially when the bulk of the race is being run by the sea, that being said, we plumped for the Saturday and somehow got extremely lucky with the weather.
24 runners arrived at 7.30am for an 8.00am start and all were in good spirits to take on the largely flat trail marathon course. Both Dan’s were wrapped up with gloves and base layers to fend off the cold, with the usual confidence of completing the challenge exuding from myself! Weather turned out to be perfect with little wind and average December temperatures of about 6-7 degrees.
The race started well and we were soon into a consistent pace which meant we comfortably completed the first two laps in a good time of 2hrs 15mins. The flat course helped to keep the pace constant and by the time we were 32km into the marathon we were looking on course for a good time. Importantly we had managed to continue running for the majority of the race and weren’t hit with the usual ‘I hate running’ debacle that I’ve tended to have at some point during the 1st and 2nd marathons. Unfortunately however running 3 marathons in 6 weeks then took its toll and my right thigh decided to completely give up.
The good news is that we finished the marathon and have now completed 3 of the 13. Unfortunately the last 10km had to be walked (more or less) which meant we can in with a time of 5hrs 20mins, slightly annoying, but at least contented that the challenge continues and we can tick another marathon off the list.
Saxon Shore was well organised and had the best goody bag and medal we’ve received so far. Although slightly more expensive than some of the marathons we’ve entered it is run and organised by a local couple and some of the fee went to a local charity, with the weekend raising £800 for the Brathay Trust.
We’ve now got 6 weeks of rest and relaxation before the Gloucester marathon in January. I know personally I’ll be getting as much physio in between now and then as possible to make sure my right thigh is in the right place to start and finish. That being said, both Dan and I felt more comfortable running this marathon that either of the other two. It’s a positive sign that our bodies are getting used to long distance running, although it’d obviously be nice if they decided against giving up with 10km to go!
Patricia and Amelie were able to come down and support us for the first time in the challenge and it was great to see them at the end. Dan’s parents had driven down to Deal for the day to cheer us on and spread the word of THE CATS FOUNDATION which they are both getting good at doing! After the race Henry (Dan’s dad) took us out for what turned out to be the most amazing lunch. It was a full blown Christmas dinner in a restaurant overlooking the sea – it was just what we both needed after running a marathon!
3 down, 10 to go!
|Date||10th December 2011|
|Event name||13 in 13 Marathon No.3 – Saxon Shore Marathon|
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