Steph Twell on her marathon de­but

ALDER­SHOT, FARN­HAM & DISTRICT ATH­LETE HAPPY WITH VA­LEN­CIA CLOCK­ING

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STEPH TWELL has in­sisted she “wants more” from the marathon after fin­ish­ing sev­enth in Va­len­cia last week­end – her de­but over 26.2 miles, writes Euan Crum­ley.

The 29-year-old Com­mon­wealth and Euro­pean track medal­list went straight to sec­ond in the Bri­tish rank­ings for 2018 fol­low­ing her run of 2:30:14, hav­ing pre­dicted in a re­cent in­ter­view with AW that the 2:30 mark would be a

“safe stab”.

A half­way time of 75:35 sug­gested she might fall short of her tar­get but the Alder­shot ath­lete was de­lighted to pro­duce a nega­tive split to fin­ish with the pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence she was look­ing for.

Now, how­ever, she is look­ing to go quicker on her next at­tempt, which is likely to come in the au­tumn.

“It’s still sink­ing in,” she says. “I’m still re­liv­ing dif­fer­ent mo­ments of the race. I think it is a good de­but but I still think I want more.

“There are so many pos­i­tives. I ran my own race, I re­spected the dis­tance, I didn’t come away with any is­sues that maybe could have changed my ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Had I run a mas­sive pos­i­tive split, the ques­tions I’d have now would prob­a­bly be quite dif­fer­ent – whether the dis­tance is right or the goal is right for me – so it’s been bril­liant.”

Given she had what was es­sen­tially just four weeks of train­ing specif­i­cally tai­lored to the marathon fol­low­ing a long track sea­son, Twell is ex­cited by what might now be pos­si­ble with a more fo­cused build-up.

She will take three weeks off, en­joy the fes­tive sea­son and is en­thused about what she will tackle next with coach Ge­off Wight­man.

“Al­ready I want to get back in there and I’ve al­ready said to Ge­off that I want to run an­other one,” she says.

“I’m so ex­cited. Now we can adapt train­ing with higher mileage, we can have a longer build-up and try and get some more race pace spe­cific train­ing in. There’s so much to look for­ward to.

“When I come back to work, I’ll know what we’re aim­ing for. I think an au­tumn marathon is more on the agenda be­cause I don’t think we want to chase too many marathons too soon.”

She adds: “I’m so happy that I’ve dipped my toe in the wa­ter be­cause I do see my­self go­ing that way now.

“I wasn’t too far off run­ning some­thing that would have been ex­ceed­ing ex­pec­ta­tions so I think that ac­tu­ally gives you a bit more hunger and makes you think ‘I want to get my teeth into this again’.”

Steph Twell: ex­cited fol­low­ing her per­for­mance in Va­len­cia

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