STRATFORD Athletic Club’s Kate Sergent represented England at the comparatively new Chester Marathon.
The well organised event offers runners the chance to record fast times and among those in action was Kate, who had qualified as a result of her efforts at the Manchester Marathon earlier this year.
The event is an international aged-based competition and, to the delight of everyone at SAC, Kate was not only selected for the F65 category but ran close to her best in 4hrs, 36mins.
Husband Martyn ran for SAC in the open race, achieving a personal best of 5hrs, 22mins.
Kate said: “Both of us found it quite tough. It was very well organised and the weather was perfect with rain in the last few miles.
“I stuck to my game plan, doing 10.20 pace following the 4.30 pacer until I started slowing a bit at mile 18. I was determined not to walk and the England vest gave me the incentive I needed to try harder and keep mentally focused!
“Martyn wore his Stratford vest with pride and did a PB by six minutes.”
Kate’s consistency over the race is demonstrated by her pace for each 10km of the race – 10.10, 10.15, 10.21 and 10.32.
At the time of writing, the international results had not been published, but Kate’s contribution will, as ever, have been considerable. In the overall race Kate was fourth in her age group.