Steve was in New Milton, Hampshire on Sunday 27th September 2009 for the New Forest Marathon. He was wearing Race Number 821 and running for Bourton Roadrunners.
Here is his Race Report:-
“For some reason, I’ve never managed to run well at New Forest, not making excuses but it is fair to say its not the easiest of courses by any means, very undulating in parts and it always seems to be held on a warm day. Yesterday was no exception despite it being two weeks later than normal, however I set out with the intention of giving myself every chance of breaking 3 hours just in case. I went through halfway in 1:30:15 in 21st place and everything was going well apart from the fact it was definitely getting warmer. As the miles progressed, I remembered just how much more difficult the second half of this course is than the first. Along with the exceptionally warm conditions for the time of year, it was starting to take its toll and I began to slow at 19 miles not reaching 20 miles until 2:18:30, a minute down on last week at the same point.
With all hopes of a sub 3 now virtually gone, I decided to settle into a steadier rhythm to see off the remainder of the inclines up to 23 miles after which I knew the final 2 or 3 miles was relatively flat. Although running at a steadier pace, I was still picking off runners and moving through the field which really helped. Obviously the warm conditions and harder 2nd half was taking its toll on other runners too. At 23 miles, I picked up the pace again and managed to get back to sub 7 minute miling for the final assault. Passing another couple of runners, I concentrated on trying to get well inside 3:05 for the 7th time in 9 weeks and although very tired eventually crossed the line in 3:02:56 for 11th place out of a field of over 800. I rather hoped this might be good enough for one of the V45 prizes but alas, with the 2nd and 3rd finishers overall being V45 it wasn’t to be and I ended up 4th in my category.
All in all though, I was very pleased with my performance, I finished well up the field and bettered my time on this course by over 10 minutes at the 6th attempt. So, 423 sub 3:30s down, 77 to go!”
Source: Steve Edwards