Oct 9, 2012

Personal bests for Alison and Virginia at Chester


A crisp but sunny Autumnal morning greeted the team of Almost Athletes who took part in the Chester marathon at the weekend. First to cross the line was Mark Willicott in 3.44. Alison Hume and Virginia Pawlyn had cracking runs securing PBs of 3.56 and 4.14 respectively.

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Posted by: steve

Chester marathonA crisp but sunny Autumnal morning greeted the team of Almost Athletes who took part in the Chester marathon at the weekend. Starting and finishing at the city's racecourse, the fast and mainly flat route is on closed roads covering 19 miles in England and 7 miles in Wales encompassing all of Chester's iconic landmarks. First to cross the line for the club was Mark Willicott in 3 hours 44 minutes. Along with his wife Anne-Marie, Mark only entered the event the day before after a trip to the Budapest marathon fell through due to family illness. First lady home for the club was Alison Hume whose dedication to a thorough training regime and strict pacing throughout the 26.2 miles paid off with a personal best time of 3 hours and 56 minutes. Following close behind were Ali Shaikh in 3.57, who raised £800 for the Help for Heroes charity in the process, and John Bailey in 3.58 in spite of a niggling knee injury. Hampered by a long-standing knee injury herself, Anne-Marie adopted a successful run walk strategy just to complete the distance and finished just ahead of the amazing and ever improving Virginia Pawlyn who ran with her trainer Dan Fivey and not only secured a personal best time of 4.14.30 but also won the LV70 age category, running over 2 hours quicker than her nearest age competitor.  Dominic Lyes, running Chester for the 2nd time, suffered from debilitating cramp from about 18 miles onwards but fought valiantly to finish under the four and a half hour mark in a personal best time of 4 hours 27 minutes.

Further afield in Bucharest, Richard Read was the only Almost Athlete to take on the full marathon distance which he completed in 4 hours 52 minutes. Paul Thomas and Becky Stephens opted for the half marathon and finished in 1 hour 36 minutes and 2 hours 23 minutes respectively.