Two runners made headline news for two very different reasons at yesterday’s Leicester Marathon (Sunday, 23 October); Steve Edwards took another step towards a target of 1,000 career marathons and Cem Kucukdevlet made a proposal of marriage.
Multi-marathon world record holder, Steve Edwards completed marathon number 751 in a time of 3:19:40. The ‘Godfather of Marathons’ was slightly below par due to fatigue and a few minor niggles; however, he ran strongly on a tough course to achieve his target, part of his ongoing challenge to run 1,000 official marathons.
Meanwhile mortgage consultant Cem Kucukdevlet embodied ‘love on the run’ with a marriage proposal to his girlfriend whilst only 10 metres from the finish line. The 28-year old was running the half marathon for charity and surprised his girlfriend by getting down on one knee to propose before completing the race.
Both Steve and Cem were amongst 3,000 runners pounding the city streets around Leicester on a chilly autumn day. With three events to choose from – half marathon, full marathon and the Cummins relay challenge for LOROS hospice - on a tough, undulating course.
Chris Millett of Team Derby Runner won Leicester Marathon in 2:37:52 followed by Ben Harris of Retford AC in 2:40:04. Jon Holmans was third in 2:43:59.
Catriona Paterson won the women’s marathon in 3:01:13 followed by Nicola Holmes of Poplar RC in 3:04:21. Hollie Smith of Charnwood AC was third in 3:13:12.
Ryan Burling of Luton AC won the half marathon in 1:08:53. Anthony Woodward of Hermitage Harriers Running Club was second in 1:12:13 with teammate Matt Adcock third in 1:13:38.
Anne Holyland of Wreake Runners won the women’s half marathon in 1:20:18. Tori Green was second in 1:23:43 with Katie Lomas of Charnwood AC coming third in 1:24:15.
Photo courtesy of Leicester Marathon and Half Marathon.