Riviera run­ner

Nice out­ing for har­rier Steve

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - SPORT -

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.

Der­went­wa­ter 10

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

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