Strength in num­bers for marathon crew

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD HARRIERS -

TEN Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers ran the Greater Manch­ester Marathon on Sun­day, April 2, one will run at Brighton Marathon next week and ten will be run­ning the Lon­don Marathon on April 23.

Some are first timers, oth­ers are sea­soned vet­er­ans. Lynne Graves is run­ning in Manch­ester and Lon­don!

Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers pro­vide marathon ad­vice, such as train­ing notes from club pres­i­dent Bob Lynch, and the op­por­tu­nity to train with other mem­bers.

Lynne has run both the Lon­don and Manch­ester marathons three times be­fore but com­mented: “I’ve found train­ing ex­tremely tir­ing this year. But be­cause I was meet­ing up with every­one else it made it eas­ier to get out of bed early on a Satur­day.”

Dipika Mor­gan, who ran her first marathon at Manch­ester said: “I have had tremen­dous sup­port from the club. I’ve had sup­port on my long runs and ad­vice from oth­ers who have run marathons in the past. I don’t think I’d have felt as good and con­fi­dent as I did with­out the sup­port of the club mem­bers.”

Andy Dykins is an­other first timer. He said: “I rel­ished having Bob’s notes to take home and study. The prac­ti­cal train­ing tips in­cluded when to go for your long­est run and to run at the same time of day as you would on race day.”

Jane Stephens was in­spired to train for the Lon­don Marathon by run­ning with Ben Smith twice dur­ing his 401 marathons in 401 days.

The first time she only ran about eight miles, but ran again in Bris­tol for Ben’s fi­nal marathon. “Spurred on by this I ap­plied to Lon­don (be­cause it will be an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence) but didn’t get a place and was then for­tu­nate enough to get a club place in the club bal­lot.”

As an ath­let­ics club reg­is­tered with Eng­land Ath­let­ics, Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers has four club en­tries for the Lon­don Marathon. This year Andy, Lynne, Jane and Matt Wil­son scooped en­tries in the club bal­lot.

In ad­di­tion, three mem­bers qual­i­fied for Good for Age en­tries in the Lon­don Marathon. These places are open to run­ners who have run a full marathon in the same time, or faster than, spec­i­fied times for dif­fer­ent age bands.

At 79, Harry New­ton is a vet­eran of 13 Lon­don marathons and is ex­tremely Good for Age!

The Mac­cles­field Half Marathon on Septem­ber 24 is open to run­ners of all ages.

For en­tries and more de­tails see www.mac­chalf.co.uk.

‘Meet­ing up with every­one else made it eas­ier’

Some of the Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers who are run­ning marathons

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