Adam Holland turned in a trio of impressive performances to tie up what has been a highly successful 2014 and begin the current year in style. The 27-year-old took victory at the Sunrise to Sunset marathon on Saturday 27 December before securing successive first place finishes at the Liverbird Double Marathon on New Year’s Eve and Day.
Earlier this year, Holland finished first at the grueling Brathay 10in10 challenge, and on the last leg of the ten marathons, finished in 2:54:02, less than a minute behind the winner of the one-day race. In November, the runner scored victory at the Kirkstall Abbey Marathon in a time of 3:04:02.
On 27 December, Holland headed to Shropshire to tackle the marathon distance of the Sunrise to Sunset Challenge. The race, organised by How Hard Can It Be Events, follows a 0.84 mile route around country lanes and tracks in Lightmoor, Telford. In what was his first of three impressive feats over the festive period, Holland secured a comfortable victory, coming home in 3:32:07, with Malcolm Collins the closest behind in 3:48:36.
Just four days later, Holland headed to Merseyside to tackle the first leg of the Liverbird Double Marathon. The opening event, which started and finished on the promenade near Brunswick Dock, attracted 140 competitors and saw Holland take victory in am impressive 2:38:02, three minutes ahead of second placed Terence Forrest.
Over 81 runners shook off any excesses from New Year’s Eve to finish the second leg of the double-header: Holland this time took a more narrow victory, coming home in 2:57:55, less than a minute ahead of David Goodwin in 2:58:21.
After his victory in the first of the two marathons, Holland tweeted: “I wanted to finish the year with style had a fantastic race at the Liverbird Marathon. Coming back from second place to win the marathon. I had some catching up to do! Best way to finish the year.” Judging by these three performances, Holland will no doubt be looking forward to a successful 2015 too.