Hull Marathon: Leading Ladies
Race reports from three of our ladies in the Hull Marathon
Everyone knows marathons are tough, but there is a sense of euphoria having finished. I ran the hull marathon in 2012 and got a time over 4:13. Since then i have preferred half marathons.
However I put the training in near where I live Batley and Dewsbury and the hill training paid off, as i ran it in chip time: 3:37:34 The other thing that helped on the day was, as always, our non active member Angie Baker – who definitely shouts the loudest and is exactly what you need during a marathon! She is a fantastic supporter and East Hull Harriers should be proud. It was great running through east hull with the support. Hoping to get into London with my good for age now. It’s still very apparent that I can not take a good running picture !
My 2nd marathon but 1st an East Hull Club member….what’s the difference? Nothing much or so I thought, I was still going to run the marathon, however there was a difference! SUPPORT! and tons of it, other club members cheering, and willing you to do well, at various stages around the route they kept appearing, always encouraging, always supporting! From the start i was running with Janet, Vanessa, Emma, Shirley, Steve, over the those 1st few miles we were together , as the race progressed I ended sharing my run with Vanessa, who encouraged me when i was struggling, and i like to think i did likewise with her. The pride you feel in wearing the red vest enables you to continue running when perhaps you could walk, being lifted when you hear a cheer for the club
My greatest memories of the marathon? Seeing Craig, Dan and my family at the marina when i knew i was almost there, then running into the finish with Vanessa, and being blown away by the cheering from all the harriers, sharing our moment….what a day, and a big thanks for making it special
Well it came and it went!! I really can’t believe that I did it, let alone have a half decent time!! I have said on many occasions that I would never enter an on road marathon. That’s not to say that I’m not familiar with long distance running as I have entered the Swaledale off road marathon 8 times, its just that running 26.2 miles on road definitely did not appeal to me. What happened to change my mind and enter you might say? Well a late night conversation with Laura who had already entered and having drunk not a glass but a full bottle of wine somewhat clouded my judgement and before I knew it I was signed up – the rest as they say is history!
To be honest I can’t remember much of the run the only bit that sticks in my mind is crossing that finishing line such a wonderful feeling. East Hull Harriers had a fabulous turnout and everyone who ran in the marathon or the relays deserves a mention. I know the results are on line but thought it would be nice to pull them out to highlight peoples achievements and as a permanent record for the Club. Well done to everyone!! I’m sure quite a few PB’s were achieved!!!
20 months ago I started running trained for my 1st 10k if someone had said I would be running a marathon in 20 months time and running for a club I’d of just laughed ,here I am an EHH member and have run the Hull marathon .
I started the marathon with a few Harriers Jan,Shirley,Janet ,Emma and Steve we ran quite a few miles together enjoying it ,taking it all in ,couldn’t believe it was happening, the atmosphere was fantastic the crowds cheering the support of the EHH and the volunteers all the way especially at the water stations plenty of water,energy drinks,jelly babies and bananas brilliant everything needed to give you that extra boost.
My highs well there were so many but will mention a few ,the fantastic support from everyone,the red arrows flying over us on Boothferry road ,I have a fascination for the Arrows as Jan soon found out haha !!, crossing the Humber bridge waving and cheering at all the other EHH on the opposite side, not so much coming back though,but the best was crossing the finish line with Jan Suddaby we stayed together throughout the run she supported me when I needed it and hopefully I did Jan too thank you so much Jan you were brilliant.
My wish was to finish in 4 hrs 30 ,but to be honest just wanted to complete my first marathon so when we finished 4.27.13 I was amazed just couldn’t believe it .
Thankyou all for your support at EHH met some great friends couldn’t of achieved this without your support ,I am now looking forward to doing the Greater Manchester marathon in April 2016 and waiting for Hull to announce date of marathon 2016 so excited .