Chester Marathon 05/10/14
The weather conditions proved ideal for running as almost 5,000 runners were out in force to take part in the MBNA Chester Marathon, hailed as the Number One Road Marathon by readers of Runner's World. Ten New Marske Harriers made the trip over all with differing expectations. Andy Pearson returning for the 2nd year in a row was looking for a 6 minute improvement on last year’s race. Over his sixteen weeks of training he increased his average mileage to 70 miles a week and duly delivered with 13th place in a time of 2:37:38. Trish Speedie making her marathon debut had a super run to finish in 3:49:39. Carole Phinn opted for consistency running 11 seconds (over 26.2 miles) quicker than her last marathon finishing in 3:33:43, 1st v55, with husband Andrew just ahead in 3:28:24. Father and son, Martin and Phil Miles, were also making it a family affair with Phil finishing 2nd V70 in a time of 4:19:14 and Martin in 4:06:16. Gemma Parkin 3:55:02 and Iain Povey 3:45:47 also hit PB’s. Brenda Wilkin in a London Marathon Good for Age time of 3:43:47 and Alan Robson 4:14:08 also had good runs.