The Heritage Coast Marathon with a 6 mile race and a Half Marathon 30-4-17
This was the 35th staging of the event organised by Saxmundham Rotary Club in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Framlingham.
Competitors had a choice of entering one of three races: 6 mile walk or run, Half Marathon or the full marathon distance. All three races started and finished from the Thorpeness Playing fields. The event raises money to support a local charity. The chosen charity for 2017 was St Elizabeth’s Hospice based in Ipswich. The hospice aims to improve the lives of people living with a progressive illness. With 730 entries over the three distances plenty of money was raised to support this worthwhile cause.
GYRR turned out in force with three ladies running the 6 mile option. Well done to Penny Studley, Jodie Lee and Katherine Audus, all running this one for the first time and finding the multi-terrain course rather picturesque.
The majority of the team opted for the Half Marathon race. Congratulations to Mark Womack, Andrew Baker, Kirstin Langer, Ian and Cathy Tooley, Claire Baker, Jane Thomas, Julie Webster, Ivan Lees and husband and wife team Michelle and John Scott, who all crossed the line with smiles on their faces. Julie helped her sister, Maria, to compete in her first half marathon which was a proud moment for them to share.
Finally, GYRR was represented in the full marathon by the Queen of long distance, Karen Peck. Karen who is in training for her ultra, found this to be an excellent training run providing some tough cross country in places but beautiful scenery. Karen’s intention was not to race but have a good paced run which she did. Although she started off a bit quick she managed to reign herself in to finish in a time of 4.25. This was slower than planned but it didn't really matter as she had 230 miles in her legs this month.
The whole event is highly recommended for anyone wishing to enter a low-key, no pressure race. The organisation was excellent and the atmosphere is very family-orientated. Dogs are made welcome with many completing the 6 mile and half marathon routes with their owners! The refreshments were of high quality too.
(Official times and placings are not yet published).
Report written by Penny Studley.