The Williams family travelled to Kinross on Saturday with Fi taking part in the half marathon. In sunny but breezy conditions Fi had a cracking run, recorded a time of 1:43.48 and 22nd female out of 176, and finishing 166th overall. This was a six minute improvement over her time in Jedburgh at the end October, and still on a maximum of two runs a week so good progress! Fi hopes to beat her PB of 1.35 in 2013.
The Sunday before I (Colin) took part in the inaugural 'Marathon of the North' in Sunderland. I had strong hopes of breaking the elusive 3hr barrier after a 3h05 last year in Edinburgh, and a fair fews miles under my belt and a sub 1.23 half marathon six weeks prior. It didn't happen. I can make a few excuses, the course wasn't the kindest being undulating and twisty and turny, with the 50m climb in the last 3 miles but ultimately the marathon is just a bloody tough event and I don't think I'll break 3 hrs without giving it the total respect it deserves, so missing a week of training with 5 weeks to go on a drinking bender with my best friend who was over having emigrated to Canada in hindsight didn't help!
I did do 3h03.45, which put me in 30th place and although I failed to even spilt which was the plan I still passed 25 people in the second half. It's a pb, and a time I am happy with, but I'm not prepared to give up on 3hrs yet, and am already planning an autumn marathon, maybe the Highland Perthshire Marathon at Aberfeldy on September 1st (www.highlandperthshiremarathon.co.uk - also a half marathon if anyone fancies joining me) and as a backup entering the London Marathon for 2013.