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|Snowdonia Marathon, 25 October 2014. Unfortunately I had to cancel my participation. I got tackled during a football match in August, crippling me for six weeks. By the time I got back to running again it was October. And then I caught a nasty cold which knocked me down the weekend before the marathon. It was not to be, this year.|
© pappa & mamma
The pictures above captured the start; things soon got blurred...
|Loch Ness Marathon, 2 October 2011. We got a good soaking from the rain in the first 10K but the Sun came out at the finish line. A beautiful course, downhill on balance but with some murderous ascents to negotiate as well. I shattered my personal best by a quarter of an hour, to 3 hr 32 m 26 s, ranking 312 out of 2346 finishing participants. I was priviliged to meet Nessie afterwards (see the picture on the right) - his potent breath can be attributed to Baxters' soup. Many thanks again to all of you who supported the Breast Cancer Campaign (we raised 248 pounds).||© Joana|
|Athens Marathon, 31 October 2010, the 2500th anniversary of the epic run from Marathon to Athens. My first marathon. The atmosphere was fantastic, people lining the entire course and cheering us on as if we had just beaten the Persians. The Sun was merciless. Half of it was uphill. Narrowly avoiding Pheidippides' fate, I reached the finish in the Panathinaikon stadium after 3 hr 46 m 58 s, ranking 1719 out of approximately 12,500. Many thanks to all the people who supported the Breast Cancer Campaign (we raised 426 pounds). The picture on the bottom right shows five more astronomers who ran that day. We are all smiling (again).||
|Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon, 12 September 2010. A scenic run around a lake in the Welsh border hills. Despite (or because of?) a nice dinner with wine and aguardiente the night before, I felt great and improved my PB by seven minutes (1 hr 38 m 27 s, 220 out of 1205), and about as much ahead of the guy dressed-up as a sunflower (well done you!). Check out the weird relativistic effects on the picture to the right, mere seconds away from finishing.||© Joana|