Ouse Valley Way Marathon and Half Marathon Relay 15th September 2019
After months of preparation and a hectic few weeks getting ready for the third Ouse Valley Way Marathon all was set to welcome the 111 runners (out of 135 entries) at the start in Earith.
The bright sunny day showed the River Ouse at it best. As the temperature rose runners were pleased to find the nine feed stations along the route where much needed drinks and food were available but also an enthusiastic welcome from the marshals.
First to make it across te finish line in Eynesbury was Phil Martin of Peterborough AC in 3 hours 5 minutes 12 seconds. In second place was Steve Falgate, Cambridge and Coleridge. 3hours 7 minutes 10 seconds, and third Richard Adamson, Hunts AC 3hours 12minutes 4 seconds. The first woman home was Samantha Cullen Eye Community Runners 3hours 34 minutes 43 seconds.
First BRJ runner to finish was Pete Newham (3.48.13) with Hannah Brickell first BRJ woman runner (4.10.07).
All 23 runners completed the relay (11 teams of two and one solo runner whose teammate could not start due to injury).
Husband and wife team Piers and Nichola Serjeant (Riverside Runners) were first in the relay with a combined time of 3hours 34 minutes 36 seconds.
First out of the 8 teams from BRJ and second overall were Anna Douglas and Andy Philips (3hours 44 minutes 10 seconds.
Keeping true to the spirit of trail running the field spread out over the course. Some walked the narrow paths near the river and ran on the wider paths. Some relaxed in the sun and chatted to the marshals until they found it in their legs to keep going. The tail runners brought in the final few runners in just over seven and a half hours, hot and tired but still smiling.
The finishers were full of praise for the marshals for their support and encouragement and spoke of their delight in the beauty of the river trails.
BRJ Run and Tri are very grateful to everyone who made this event such a success, especially all the volunteers who gave their time so generously.
One runner, once she got her breath back after competing the 26 miles said to the Race Director,
“This is my favourite marathon ever it is so beautiful. I am definitely coming back next year”
So are we. Date to be announced.
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