The 5th time I have travelled to Scarborough for this event. In the beginning it was a nightmare as you collected your number on the day and the queues were unbelievable, it was touch and go whether you would get to the start line in time. I think Alison Burnett will agree with me on this as she did a couple of the early runs. The last two years have seen a vast improvement with the introduction of numbers being sent through the post and chip timing being introduced. This means that now the process of getting there and to the start line is a much easier proposition and even the queue for the toilets before the race isn’t half as bad as it used to be!
One of the great pleasures for me in leading the New Runners Initiative last Winter, has been seeing the great achievements that have been made by so many of the attendees. Some have taken massive chunks of time off their pb’s at various distances, while others have run distances that they would never have dreamed of doing a year ago.
Marathons eh? What do you want to run that far for? Are you daft? That’s what I used to ask fellow runners at the time, having been a semi -regular 10k, 10 mile and half-marathon runner for 12 or so years before I got the urge. Not for me, no way. That was until the announcement of a marathon in Hull for 2012. Oh, go on then, just the one… seeing as it’s at home (as happened at this year’s Hull event, with loads of first timers, old timers, and local club runners signing up).