The marathons are coming thick and fast now as September and October are by far the busiest months for long distance running events.
Steve went to Wolverhampton on Sunday 6th September to run in the Carver Wolverhampton City Marathon. The race starts and finishes at the West Park Wolverhampton and Steve was racing under Number 2028.
Here is his Race Report:
This was my 10th and fastest Wolverhampton Marathon time as I clocked 3:04:50 to finish in 3rd V45 position and 17th overall out of 300 finishers. I initially set out to run around 3:05 knowing that this course was a lot more undulating than last week at Longford. So having reached halfway in 1:32:30, was spot on where I needed to be. Fortunately I was able to keep the same pace going throughout and finished just inside the 3:05 for a slightly negative split and nearly 2 minutes quicker than my time here last year.
That’s 420 sub 3:30s now, but there’s no rest as next week is the Robin Hood Marathon in Nottingham and while I’m really pleased to be posting finishing times well inside my target time, I can tell you they don’t get any easier. I would say that I’m as mentally drained at the end of each race as I am physically. I guess it would be easier just to ease off a little and run a little steadier, but that’s not something I find easy to do. At the end of the day I know I would feel guilty if I hadn’t raced it to the best of my ability. Its also what makes this challenge all the more interesting as every time I run well inside the target time the average is coming down little by little each time making it that bit harder for somebody else to beat in years to come.
Source: Steve Edwards