Ber­lin marathon hon­ours Steve

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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

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