ORESA TEAM: Why I’m Running The Fastest Marathon In The UK
May 17, 2016
The Edinburgh Marathon: Going the extra mile for the FTCT
It has been a pretty tough couple of month from the end of Jan following my father passing away which, with a heavy heart, culminated in me pulling out of the Paris Marathon as I had originally planned. It was a difficult decision but family must come first and it was too soon I felt to run in Paris. I have changed my plans and have since been in training for the Edinburgh Marathon at the end of May in support of the Fashion Textile Children’s Trust
“Fast & flat”; this course was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World!
The Edinburgh Marathon is second only to the London Marathon in the UK, with over 16,000 runners taking part. This 26.2 mile race starts in London and Regent Road before passing by the historic Holyrood Palace, home to Scottish kings and queens.
The route finishes following a picturesque run through the village of Longniddry before reaching Gosford House, looping around and heading back past Musselburgh Links, the famous golf course officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest golf course in the world. The marathon finishes in playing fields at Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School.
Training has been going well for the marathon, I ran the annual Thirsk 10 mile race at the end of March in a time of 69mins 41secs and was pretty pleased with the time but had to have a slow week of training afterwards due to fatigue.
The light nights have certainly helped and I have had a couple of races in the build up to Edinburgh, notably the Malhamdale Trail. The Malhamdale trail is 22 mile off road race with over 3000 ft of assent around glorious and picturesque countryside through Gorsrdale Scar, Malham Cove and the stunning Pennine Way.
As well as achieving 1k for the FTCT, my personal target is to complete the marathon under 3hrs 30, with my stretch target at 3hrs.20. Training has been going well so fingers crossed!