Berlin marathon honours Steve
Dumfries Harriers Berlin Marathon
Dumfries Harrier Steve Head kickstarted a very busy autumn racing schedule last weekend when he travelled to Berlin to participate in the Berlin Marathon.
Berlin is one of the six World Marathon Majors, has grown considerably in stature since first taking place 44 years ago and is now a ‘must do’ event on every marathon runner’s wish list.
Steve first ran the event back in 2001 and Sunday was the 10th time he had taken part.
The achievement has been recognised by the Berlin Marathon organisation by awarding him his own personal number and the guarantee of a place in the Berlin marathon every year for life, something that to date only around a dozen runners from the UK have been honoured with.
This year’s event had an amazing entry of 44,000 runners, all of whom congregated beside the iconic Reichstag building on a rather damp race morning in preparation for the journey round the famous city.
Steve took just three minutes to get over the start line and soon settled into a comfortable pace, targeting a finish time of somewhere in the region of four hours.
Passing the half way point at just under two hours, Steve felt his pace starting to slip slightly in the closing five miles but, with his next marathon taking place three weeks later and another marathon just a month after that, he decided not to try and push for a sub four hour time and was in fact a little surprised to come so close as he crossed the line in 4 hours and 20 seconds.
To keep his legs ‘ticking over’ prior to his next marathon, Steve will be running The Great Scottish Half Marathon this Sunday, joining with two dozen club mates who will be participating in either the Half Marathon or 10K.
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This 10-mile road race took place near Hexham on Sunday, September 24, and was attended by sole Harrier Laura Hanby.
Laura was amongst the 155 starters on a dry and mild day who tackled the relatively flat course along quiet country roads.
An unexpected long, draggy hill at mile five took Laura by surprise but she kept her spirits high to reach the top which marked the half way point of this out and back route.
Over the closing half of the race, she enjoyed finding out the history of the event from a fellow competitor from the local area. Despite struggling in the latter stages and her pace slowing a little, Laura was able to achieve a sprint finish and felt accomplished when she crossed the finishing line.
This marked Laura’s first attempt at racing this distance and, with the aim of completing the race in less than two hours, she easily achieved her target, finishing in 149th position with a time of one hour 47 minutes.
There were even some post-race refreshments to be enjoyed, including jelly and ice-cream!
Laura now looks forward to her next event, the Kielder 10K on October 8.
Steve Head The Dumfries Harrier ran the Berlin for the 10th time
Great North Run Craig and Lesley McCallay took part in the event