Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Whilst the obvious choice of race last weekend was the Great West Run, Dave Wright and Ellie Sutcliffe, had other ideas, writes Dave Eveleigh.
With both having entered, along with Dave Stone, the Dartmoor Discovery 32.3 mile Ultra-Marathon in June a “training race” seemed a good idea and the North Dorset Villages Marathon seemed to fit the bill.
Ellie ran this race last year as her second ever marathon. She had set off far too ambitiously and ended up losing the lead with less than a mile to go, her frustration being compounded when some rather dubious pace making had helped the winner get past her. With the three hour barrier taken care of earlier in the year Ellie took a relaxed approach to the run and crossed the line in 3:02:54, for 12th place overall but first female, by almost 30 minutes!
As a term-time resident of the county Ellie also had the bonus of being crowned Dorset champion.
Dave Wright also had a stormer of a run and smashed his Personal Best by over 10 minutes! This race is by no means over a fast course: it’s constantly undulating and it also measures in at slightly longer than 26.2m.
So for Dave a new PB of 3:15:55, 34th place and fifth Male veteran over 50 has to give him that he is coming into his best form with the Dartmoor Discovery just five weeks ahead.
There were 343 finishers and the race was won in a handy 2:42:00. The race is super-friendly and superbly well organised by the Gillingham Trotters and as long as you can tolerate an early start, it’s well worth a try, if only for the beautiful scenery and pretty villages that you get to see on route!