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Fast, flat course has over 20,000 runners


By Pete Woodhouse


It was an emotional but fantastic day at the eighth Asics Manchester Marathon for Three Counties Running Club.

The fast, flat course with over 20,000 runners starts at the White City roundabout and finishes at the Emirates Old Trafford Stadium.

Four Three Counties Running Club members travelled to Manchester to participate.

Maisie McDonald at Cambourne 4.19. (8375715)
Maisie McDonald at Cambourne 4.19. (8375715)

Lee Johnson was running his first-ever marathon and his hopes of a sub 3:30 were slightly in doubt after picking up an injury a week beforehand. Lee managed an incredible finish, crossing the line in a PB 3:17:32 and smashing his prediction.

Tracey Else was running this event for the second time. Three years ago, when she last ran it, she finished with a lot of negativity and had a lot to prove to herself. Despite a tumble 20 miles into the race she picked herself up and carried on and smashed those demons, knocking 17 minutes off her previous time and finishing with a PB of 4:30:28.

Sarah Johnson and Tony Lamb decided to make it a team event by running the marathon relay. Sarah took the first leg and felt good at the changeover point, ready to hand over to Tony, not realising that the relay legs weren’t split equally into two half marathons. The first leg was 11 miles and the second leg 15 miles. Tony managed to run his longest run to date with the relay team, finishing the marathon in a fantastic time of 4:09:42.

Three Counties Running Club’s 13 year-old Maisie Macdonald went to Cambourne to take part in the one-mile fun run. It’s a mixed terrain course on what was a very cold morning. Maisie finished in a time of 7:46 and was 34th out of 100 runners and 7th female out of 33.



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