FOUR members of Stratford-upon-Avon Athletic Club (SAC) competed in this year’s Edinburgh Marathon.
The organisers believe that this is the fastest marathon route in the world.
It’s still 26.2 miles, though.
First Stratford runner home was Simon Bolton, whose time of 3:25:33 was just one minute off his PB. He was delighted with his run and is hopeful that it will have allowed him to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
Next to finish for the club was Sarah Boundy in a PB of 3:42:48, taking more than seven minutes off her previous best time, set in Manchester in April.
She was particularly pleased with her time as it was quick enough to give her a good-for-age place for next year’s London Marathon.
Kate Sergent was the next Stratford AC member to finish in 4:52:10, placing seventh in her age category.
“It’s an excellent course around Edinburgh and out to the coast, with fantastic support,” she said.
“I haven’t trained enough, so very pleased with my time. It was perfect weather but cold to start with.”
Kate’s next marathon will be at Chester in October, where she will be representing Great Britain. Husband Martyn completed the course in 5:38:45 and expressed himself happy with the time, although, when the sun came out at mile 20, he found it tough going.
The race was won by Joel Kipkemboi in a time of 2:13:33 and the first woman to finish, in 47th place overall, was Caroline Jepchirchir (2:47:35).