In his quest to run 500 Marathons, Steve went all the way up to the Scottish West Highlands for Marathon Number 468.
The long trip to the Lochaber Marathon, organised by the Lochaber Athletic Club and held on Sunday 19th April 2009, proved to be worthful when Steve, running for Bourton Roadrunners, came home in under 3 hours. A tremendous result and a great boost to his world record attempt!
Steve’s Race Report:- “This was my first ever Lochaber marathon and in fact the only British Marathon I’d never got round to running for one reason or another. Starting and finishing in Fort William, this is an out and back course along Loch Eil, a lovely route taking in superb views of the loch and on the way back, a stunning backdrop of the Ben Nevis mountain range. So with what seemed perfect weather conditions, sunny with a light breeze and the way my preparation has gone for the 10in10, I thought I would try and run as close to 3 hours as possible. Setting out at just over 7 min/mile, I reached 5 miles in 35:20 and gradually increased the pace to reach 10 miles in 69:30. Still feeling okay I kept a similar pace going to halfway which I reached in 1:30:20 so bang on where I wanted to be and more importantly still feeling good.
As this was a fairly flat course with only small undulations, I had it on my mind that if I was still feeling good at halfway I would try and up the pace on the return leg, so I picked up to run the next 7 miles in 46 minutes to reach 20 miles in 2:16:20. This left me around 44 minutes to do the last 10k which is when I thought why not go for it, the magical sub 3 hrs! So I continued running a similar pace, slowing slightly as the last few miles had most of the undulations, but still managing to complete the final 10k in just over 41 minutes to record a finish of 2:57:33. This gave me 2nd in the V45 category and 15th overall out of 350 finishers, it was also my best time for 13 years and I’m absolutely delighted to complete a sub 3hr marathon as a vet 45″
Next weekend is the London Marathon and then 12 days later on 17th May, the start of the gruelling 10 in10 Brathay Challenge!
Source: Steve Edwards