Greater Manchester Marathon, 2nd April 2017

The Asics Greater Manchester Marathon took place last Sunday.  The 26.2 mile route is well known for being a quick course, but his year runners were faced with above average temperatures for the time of year which proved challenging into the run.


Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers had four athletes entered into the event.  Leigh Owbridge and Bill Hornby had done quite a lot of their training together.  Leigh was looking to secure a good time as he had at Dublin last year when he finished in 3 hours and 14 minutes.    The conditions were not working in the runners’ favour, despite Leigh crossing the half marathon mark in 1:35 which set him on course for a personal best time.  The second half of the race took its toll but Leigh dug deep and remained focused and finished in a great time of 3:26:16.


Bill Hornby was looking to beat his time from the York Marathon in 2015 when he finished in 3:46:59.  He too had a very good, well-paced half crossing the 13.1 mile mark in 1:51 and would finish sub 3:45 if he kept the pace.  He crossed the line in 3:45:17, which would have been much closer to three and half hours had the conditions been better.


Andy Kane ran a quicker second half marathon than the first, crossing the halfway mark in 2:12, Andy began to pick up the pace and finished in 4:03:28, knocking 10 minutes off his previous best time from Chester Marathon in 2015 and running his second half at Manchester in 1:51.  


Alan Robson had trained well for the event, gaining a vet personal best of 1:40 at the half marathon distance at York in January, he was well set up for a sub 4 hour marathon.  The conditions meant the sub four hour escaped him on this occasion, crossing the line happy in 4:06:42 there is no doubt he will run even quicker in the right environment.


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