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Steve Edwards drives 1000 miles to run the Loch Ness Marathon – another week , another Marathon!

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Steve Edwards lives at Moreton in Marsh in the Cotswolds but last weekend he drove a round trip of 1000 miles to run in the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday 4th October 2009. 
How does he do it? How amazing is that!And he still finished in 61st place. 
Steve ran for Bourton Roadrunners and his race number was 1716 with 3521 runners entered for the race. Here is his race report 

“Having ran the first ever Loch Ness Marathon back in 2002, I have never got round to going back until this year. Luckily the 1000 mile round trip was another successful one with the gale force winds blowing around the North of the country on Saturday giving over to leave a perfect sunny but cool day for the marathon on Sunday.

Despite having a niggle in my lower back (not helped by the drive up) I still decided to set out at just under 7min mile pace in case a sub 3 was on the cards. The route is a point to point running North along the East side of Loch Ness along the B852 back to Inverness, a beautiful course with stunning scenery across the Loch but a very undulating one with lots of little inclines and declines making you work that bit harder as you keep having to adjust your pace.

Having passed through halfway in 1:30:20, (a very familiar pattern beginning to emerge!) but not running as comfortably as normal, I knew that a sub 3 was again going to be a tough ask today and with a pretty significant climb at 18 miles, I had no choice but to slow a little reaching 20 miles in 2:18:50. From here though and again as last week, I did pick the pace up as the course became significantly less undulating, finally entering the Queens Park Stadium to record 3:01:41 for 61st place out of over 2300 starters, so top 3% of the field.

Very happy with this time considering how I felt running, I knew I’d worked hard and it was a good feeling to get another sub 3:05 marathon, my 8th in row over the last 10 weeks and although I’ve narrowly missed out on a sub 3 with some of them, its certainly the best run of marathons results I’ve ever had. That’s 424 sub 3:30s now done”.

http://www.lochnessmarathon.com/

Source: Steve Edwards 

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