A day to re­mem­ber

RW staff recall their hard­est race

Runner's World (UK) - - RUNNING BATTLES -

JOHN CAR­ROLL Chief sub ed­i­tor ‘By mile 22 of last year’s Lon­don Marathon my legs were cramp­ing and I was find­ing it hard to breathe. I wanted to stop but I also wanted to cross that fin­ish line. I did. Then I col­lapsed.’ KERRY MCCARTHY Com­mis­sion­ing ed­i­tor ‘Aim­ing for my half marathon PB (1:34:27) at the Royal Parks Half, I hit half­way at sub-1:30 pace. The sec­ond half was a run­ning ver­sion of The

Scream, but I did it: 1:30:55.’ SAM MUR­PHY Sec­tion ed­i­tor ‘ The 53-mile High­land Fling pushed me harder than any race be­fore or since, bat­tling pains, a dis­grun­tled di­ges­tive sys­tem and the sheer phys­i­cal ex­haus­tion of over 13 hours on the move.’ JOE MACKIE Deputy ed­i­tor ‘Our Thurs­day lunchtime three-mile hand­i­cap race is an in­stru­ment of tor­ture. To get a three­sec­ond PB took ev­ery drop of my phys­i­cal and men­tal re­sources but, boy, it felt good af­ter­wards.’

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