This was the same 5 (and a bit) lap undulating course around Draycote Water as last year organised by Kenilworth Running Club. I arrived expecting the mild sunny conditions we had on Saturday to continue today, however I think everyone was in for a bit of a shock. It was blowing a cold gale right across the water and over an exposed mile length of the course which was far from ideal knowing that we had to run across this stretch 5 times.

Draycote Marathon 2009: Steve EdwardsDraycote Marathon 2009: Steve EdwardsHowever, I was feeling pretty good so started off at around 3:10 pace and gradually increased this as the race progressed such that I managed to cross the line in a time of 3:06:16 which was over 6 minutes quicker than my time here last year. (Who says you don’t improve with age!) To my surprise, this was also good enough to get me 3rd placed male out of a field of just over 100 runners, so an unexpected prize!

Despite the wind, I ran a pretty evenly paced race today with a halfway split of just under 1:33 and 2:23 for 20 miles. I had an idea I was in 4th place at 24 miles and had enough left in the tank to stride out in the final 2.2 miles to move into 3rd place and kept going to finish over a minute ahead in the end. So, the good start to the year continues, the training is going well as I start to increase my training miles for the 10 in 10 in May. As always, I just hope that I can maintain my average times for the 500 without getting injured, it’s easier said than done, but I know I must always keep an eye on that bigger picture, 37 marathons to go!

Source: Steve Edwards