Strength in numbers for marathon crew
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