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Steve Edwards again goes to Europe as his world record gets ever closer

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Steve Edwards from Moreton-in-Marsh again went to Europe over Easter to run the latest marathon in his world record challenge.

On Easter Monday, 5th April 2010, Steve went to Utrecht in the Netherlands for the 10th Jaarbeurs Utrecht Marathon.

Wearing race number 295 here is his race report
 
“There was no let up in the schedule with Teresa and I making an 800 mile round trip by car to Utrecht in Holland where I was running the marathon on Easter Monday.
 
Meeting up with friend Ray O’Conner, I decided to help pace Ray round for a new personal best which was currently 3:26. Setting off at 3:15 pace we maintained almost perfect splits going through halfway in 1:37:30 and 20 miles in 2:28. We were both still on for 3:15 until about 38km when Ray started to tire a little, I then had to make a decision, sub 3:15 or stay with Ray?. With 3km to go and just under 14 minutes left, the sub 3:15 camp won and I picked up the pace. It wasn’t until 41km though that I remembered there was another 200m after 42k, how could I forget! With a final sprint over the last 1.2km, I came home to finish in 3:14:49 for107th position out of nearly 600 starters. The final mile was 5 min 59 sec!  Ray followed just over 2 minutes later in a massive new personal best of 3:16:52 and very pleased despite me leaving him!”
 
“This was another good day on this incredible journey that started almost 29 years ago, not long to go now, watch this space!”

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Source: Steve Edwards

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