On Sunday 11th October, Great Yarmouth Road Runner Vicky Quantrill & two friends boarded a yellow American style school bus for the short 30-minute journey to Schenectady the start of the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon. The runners arrived around 07:30 am in cold//misty conditions greeted by the sounds of a lone bagpiper standing by a lake shrouded in mist. The welcoming sound of the pipes calming any tense nerves at the thought of the task that lie ahead. The next hour before the race rolled by quickly. Most of the time spent moving about trying to keep warm. As it was a small field of runners (maximum entrants 1150), there were no queues for baggage drop, toilets or the start. A refreshing change from the big city marathons. The runners were able to strip off warm clothes at the last minute, and put on some very fetching white bin-liners! Then it was straight to the start line ready for the gun.
The route of the marathon mostly ran parallel with the Hudson River through gorgeous trails cloaked in the stunning colours of the autumn foliage. After the first couple of miles I settled into a steady rhythm. At mile 4 there was a downhill section. It was at this point that Vicky recalls being greeted by the most amazing view of the mighty Hudson River for the first time. By this stage the mist had dispersed, and the sun had broken through. Vicky felt good for the next 10-miles or so, and went through the half way point in a time of 1:39:24. It was at mile 16 when signs of fatigue started to show. Both hamstrings started to ache, and she started to struggle a little. The stiff headwind not helping matters. It was a case of digging dip into reserves, and taking the gels/sports drink on board at every opportunity. At mile 24 Vicky felt like walking, but with 2 miles to go she wasn’t giving in. At mile 26, she suddenly realised she was close to running a PB. With 0.2 miles to go and the finish line in sight she suddenly found a surge of energy and pushed for the line and very glad she did! Vicky knocked one second off her PB from London the previous spring, and broke her own club record for the marathon.
Vickys overall position was 180. she was 19th lady, and 3rd in her age group.
On a cold but dry Sunday morning on October 11th in York John Bone lined up with nearly 7000 other runners for the Yorkshire Marathon. The race also incorporated a 5 man marathon relay and a 10 mile race.
The marathon started at the university and wound it's way through the city, past the minster and out through the city walls. It then passed through several villages on an undulating course before returning to the university.
John finished in a superb time of 3 hrs 37 mins 13 secs.