Laura a real star af­ter run­ning top six marathons

Burton Mail - - Sport -

LAURA Graves has be­come the first from the Ivan­hoe Run­ners club to earn the cov­eted Ab­bots Ma­jor Six Star medal.

By com­pet­ing in the Chicago Marathon last week­end, Graves com­pleted the full set of the six ma­jor marathons in the world - Lon­don in 2014, Bos­ton in 2015, Tokyo and New York in 2016 and then Ber­lin in Septem­ber this year, only three weeks be­fore Chicago.

Her medal was awarded to her by Paula Rad­cliffe, who is still the holder of the women’s world record for the 26-mile dis­tance.

Graves has bat­tled in­jury af­ter in­jury over the years but kept com­ing back to do an­other marathon and her de­ter­mi­na­tion and hard worked has paid off.

She was thrilled to round off the last race at Chicago in four hours and 20 min­utes.

Andy Lind­ley, an­other se­rial marathoner, ran his 26th marathon at Chicago and was very happy to fin­ish in 3:30, de­spite his jet lag.

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