Although whether you do it virtually or in an traditional race, the one thing that isn’t changing – its 26.2 miles with only your legs and determination to get you to the end.
On Sunday 4th October, there were OSR’s completing the Clarendon Marathon from Salisbury to Winchester & the Virtual London Marathon – run 26.2 miles wherever you like. One thing they all experienced was rubbish weather
Its not very often I go all fan-boy, but this deserves it.
Jo Miles PB coming into the handicap was 29:30, from January 2019. 5k round OS later and her new PB is 26:42, an improvement of 2:48. I think most of us would give up alcohol &/or cake &/or one of our less vital body organs to knock 2:48 off our handicap PB.
3k, 5k, 8.05k, 10k & 16.1k. If you speak in Olde English, 1.86, 3.11, 5, 6.22 & 10 miles
Which ever language you use, those distances add up to a marathon (42.2k or 26.2 miles).
Those OSR’s who have run a marathon will know that it is quite a herculean task, with 4-6 months of training, culminating in the best moment being when you reach the finish line and can STOP RUNNING! An alternative way of running the distance is to break it down into 5 runs, the challenge is then to run it somewhat faster than in a single run and maybe see if you can beat your hard earned actual marathon time.
I think all of those who ran the February 2020 handicap will remember it as being pretty grim weather – which makes our thanks to Karen and Ian for timing and photographing even more heartfelt than usual.
As is now traditional, the January handicap is run on the last day of the month to give the RED (Run Every Day) participants a chance to complete their challenge by running round together. Apart from David Henderson who chose to use his RED derived fitness to speed round – this is exactly the sort of thing I would do, so big kudos to David for choosing speed over his friends