Richard Bebbington 12 marathons in 12 Months
White Peaks Marathon Dovedale Dipper Seabank (Skegness) Holly Challenge, Telford London Marathon, 2010 London Marathon, 2010 White Peaks Marathon

Starting alongside the River Trent at Victoria Embankment the full marathon ran alongside the half marathon. With over 10,000 runners, supporters along the route, many bands playing and children cheering you along whilst offering jelly babies, the atmosphere was electric. Many runners spotted my “T” shirt with the 12 marathons listed on my back. Offers of encouragement were much appreciated, such as “good luck”, “well done”, and “you must be mad!”, meant in an joyful way.


Heading towards the city centre the route headed left towards Nottingham University and up and around Wollaton Park. Heading back towards the City Centre the route then took you back to the Victoria Embankment, where the half marathon runners completed the race. I did find this a bit soul destroying as the vast majority of runners appeared to be competing in the half marathon, and as they finished we still had 13 miles to go.

The full marathon continued along the promenade path by the Trent and under Trent Bridge before passing over Lady Bay Bridge, leaving the city and into Nottinghamshire. This part of the marathon was flatter than the first 13 miles. Heading towards the National Water Sports Centre and Holme Pierrepont Hall it took a countryside route. At this stage, however, it did appear more open to the elements and the wind made it 10 times harder. For the last 6 miles it appeared you were running directly into the wind. The final part of the route went along the Trent cycle path to County Hall and passed over the old toll bridge, onto the tree lined Victoria Embankment to the finish. Although I’m not after specific times I was very pleased to finish 433rd (out of 1405), with a time of 3 hours, 52 minutes and 52 seconds. I’m now looking forward to the Leicester Marathon which will see me at the half way mark of my 12 marathon challenge.

Miles

Time

Total Time

1

7:59

0:07:59

2

8:13

0:16:11

3

8:04

0:24:15

4

8:08

0:32:23

5

7:59

0:40:23

6

8:36

0:48:58

7

7:59

0:56:58

8

8:25

1:05:22

9

8:27

1:13:49

10

8:11

1:22:00

11

8:15

1:30:15

12

8:17

1:38:32

13

8:33

1:47:04

14

835

1:55:39

15

8:27

2:04:06

16

8:18

2:12:24

17

8:33

2:20:57

18

8:39

2:29:36

19

9:08

2:38:44

20

9:17

2:48:01

21

9:44

2:57:46

22

10:58

3:08:44

23

10:20

3:19:03

24

10:12

3:29:15

25

10:04

3:39:19

26

10:11

3:49:30

 

 

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