Marathon #56 Walled City Marathon Derry
This was my 7th marathon in 7 weeks so not surprisingly the legs were a little tired. So I decided I would try and emulate my effort in Tralee and run even spits under 2 hrs. That would be a great result.
|Graeme Colhoun (Ultra Runner) and
Brian Ankers (Top 50 today)
The first loop took us south of the city on a switch back along the Foyle. It was flat and the field quickly spread out. Because of the switchback you could see the leaders on the way back and they were settled into their groups. As expected Freddy Sittuk was quickly miles ahead. Ger Copeland of EOI and DBRC settled into 9th place . Ger would go on to run a PB 2:55. I settled in between 3:45 and 4 hr pacers.
|Ger Copeland (top 10 today) and Roger Biggs
Founder of 100 marathon Club UK
and running his 779th Marathon today
The third loop took us through the Waterside. This time past where "The Venue" was and up a long drag of a hill again. I past Dave Brady and Mo around here which surprised me. I had great support form friends here who took photos and cheered me on no end. At 18 miles we turned again towards the river and followed the railway track back to the peace bridge. As I entered the bridge the 4hrs pacers were only 30 seconds back and the inevitable was coming. The support at the far side of the peace bridge was great but the pacers soon got me at about 21.5 miles.
|Derrys Alpe D'Huez
In my opinion this is the premier road marathon in NI and I will be back.
Garmin stats for today