Steve Edwards from Moreton-in-the-Marsh completed Marathon Number 481 on Sunday 9th August 2009 by going across the water to compete in the SalClear Isle of Man Marathon.
This Marathon is organised by the IOM Veteran Athletes Club and is run on the Manx Northern Course starting and finishing in Ramsey.
Steve was defending his Isle of Man Marathon V45 title and was wearing race number 480 and representing Bourton RoadRunners.
Here is his race report:-
“Inspired by the news of Bourton clubmate Dennis Walmsley who won the V45 category at the World Masters Marathon championships on Saturday, I was determined more than ever to try and retain my Isle Of Man Marathon V45 title on Sunday.
Setting out on the 2 lap course at around 3:07 pace, I gradually speeded up to pass through halfway in 1:31:30 and 10th place. As always the testing climb at the 3 mile mark is always a crunch point on the 2nd lap at 16 miles and usually sees changes in the field positions. Continuing to run strongly, I moved into 7th place by the 17 mile point and the chase was on. While its easier to find out your overall position in a race, you can never really tell where you are within your age category, which in a way is good as it means you have to keep working hard.
While I slowed a little for the next 3 miles with a bit of cramp in my foot, from 20 miles onwards I picked up the momentum again chasing down and passing a further 3 runners, one of whom turned out to be the leading V45 runner which similarly happened last year, although this time I didn’t leave it until the final mile. With no-one else in my sights for the final 2 miles and having established a comfortable gap in front of the 2nd placed V45 runner, all I had to do was keep working and try to finish strongly which I managed to do.
I eventually crossed the line in 3:03:31 (almost even splits) to not only retain my V45 title, but finish 4th overall and record my best ever finish time on this course in 7 visits. As it turned out, I was only just over a minute behind 3rd place but I know I had worked as hard as I could so was pleased with my performance out of a field of 130 finishers.”
Well done again Steve, another finish well inside your overall World Record target time of 3:20:00 and only another 19 Marathons to go!!
IOM Veteran Althletes Club www.marathon.iomvac.co.uk
Bourton RoadRunners www.bourtonroadrunners.co.uk
Source: Steve Edwards