Marathon man in triple boost

Evesham Journal: Marathon man in triple boost Marathon man in triple boost

BOURTON Roadrunners ace Steve Edwards tackled two multi-day events in the Three Lakes Challenge and Fireworks Double Marathon.

The 50-year-old finished second overall in the first challenge which involved three marathons in consecutive days around different lakes in Milton Keynes.

Edwards finished the Willen Lake seven-lap course in three hours 11 minutes 53 seconds.

At Furzton, he expected a much slower time but, after a steady start, picked up to clock 3.12.35 following 17 laps around a smaller lake.

Edwards knew the Caldecotte Lake course well and began the 7.5-lap race even steadier but eventually managed 3.12.53. His total of 9.37.21 secured him second overall in the event.

He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled and, to be honest, amazed as not since 1992 have I run a triple sub-3.15 on consecutive days.

“As I approach my 51st birthday, I really thought those days were over when I could do that. It just goes to show what can be achieved.”

At the Fireworks event, Edwards finished day one in 3.13.41 and the second in 3.14.20 for an aggregate of 6.28 which secured second place overall. His total of sub 3.15 times now stands at 270.

Nineteen Bourton runners tackled the Guy Fawkes fivemile race at Tewkesbury in windy conditions.

Mike Smith and Dennis Walmsley battled with the former finally surging ahead for an eight-second victory.

Smith was ninth overall and first male veteran over 45 in 28.10, while Walmsley finished 10th and first over 50 in 28.18. Darren Long managed 18th in 30.12.

Shona Crombie-Hicks won the women’s race in 30.41 and the ever-improving Steph Lane was third in 32.25.

Sixty-year-old John Gibson clocked 34.35 and Ali Lane also had another outstanding run with 35.35.

Claire Harrison won the women’s over 35s prize in 36.16 with Brian Hulcup finishing in 36.18.

Steph Holton ran 36.42, while Mick Hunt completed his first solo race in 18 years in 37.35. Liz Hulcup stormed to a women’s over 60s victory in 37.51 and Susan Hunt did 38.50.

David Pyne ran 39.59, Gill Carrick 40.38, Shirley Creed 41.10 and Lynn Hudson 43.17 but Ewen Smith pulled up after three miles with a hamstring injury.

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