Nice outing for harrier Steve
Last Sunday saw Dumfries Harrier Steve Head off on his travels once more, this time to the delightful city of Nice in the South of France, one of his favourite race destinations, to take part in the annual Riviera Marathon.
The event was taking place for the 11th time and for Steve it was the sixth occasion that he had participated in the race which starts on the beautiful Promenade des Anglais in Nice and then closely hugs the coastline all the way to Cannes, passing through Antibes and Juan les Pins on the way.
Although the skies were overcast on race morning, the temperature at the start of the race was already 20 degrees and runners were very thankful to a light following breeze in the early stages of the event.
Having recently run the Berlin Marathon, Steve was once more looking for a relatively easy day at the races, ever mindful that he would be taking on yet another marathon in four weeks time in Valencia.
Running very conservatively, Steve quietly ticked off the early kilometres, conserving his energy and taking time to enjoy the race. By kilometre 18 conditions changed somewhat as the winds got wilder and competitors had to contend with being buffeted by strong gusts coming off the sea as they approached Antibes. The conditions abated little as runners continued on past the halfway point and it would be well past the 25 kilometre mark before the wind dropped.
Feeling strong in the latter stages, Steve resisted the temptation to increase his pace and cruised along until the final 10 kilometres where his pace gradually lifted allowing him to finish comfortably on the promenade in Cannes in a time of 4 hours 12 minutes, identical to his time in Berlin a few weeks before.
Crossing the finishing line had an added cause for celebration for Steve as this was the 80th time he had completed a race over the full marathon distance.
Jim Godfrey tackled a challenging 10 mile race around the hilly roads that surround Derwentwater in the Lake District last weekend.
Jim had taken part in the race once before so he knew that runners would be rewarded with stunning views overlooking the lake and mountains near Keswick.
The weather, however, was quite misty and overcast with some light rain but this didn’t deter Jim or his enjoyment of the race.
He was aiming for a time under 1.15.00 and he successfully managed this, crossing the finish line in 101st position in a time of 1.13.53 placing him well within the top 25 per cent of finishers on the day. He felt good after the race and is now looking forward to the Jimmy Irvine Bella 10km race in Glasgow this coming weekend.
Lancaster Half Marathon
Willie Martin was also tackling a familiar race as he embarked on his third Lancaster Half Marathon last weekend.
The race is flat and mainly follows the river along a well-made cycle path. In theory, this makes it a fast-paced race but windy conditions hindered some of the competitors.
This was Willie’s last race of the season and after a good year he wanted to finish on a high. He felt good during the event and was pleased to finish in 1.35.00. He will now settle into some winter training in preparation for the new year.
Willie Martin In Lancaster
Steve Head In Nice