The horseshoe medal proved to be lucky for some at Sunday’s (22 September) Rutland Marathon & Half Marathon with PBs and new course records in challenging yet exhilarating conditions.
Anglian reservoir Rutland Water, one of the biggest artificial lakes in Europe, is based in England’s smallest county. Known for the iconic Normanton Church, Hambleton Peninsula and nature reserves, the area also caters for water sports enthusiasts, cyclists and walkers with the latter enjoying the tracks and trails.
The reservoir is a popular venue for the marathon which started at 9.30am (followed by the half marathon at 9.50am and the team marathon – teams of four people – at 10.20am). It was however 'four seasons in one day' at the family-organised event which experienced biblical weather that began with rain then sunshine and rising temperatures only to finish with heavy downpours. None of this dampened anyone’s enthusiasm or spoiled the views as runners made their way around a multi-terrain course containing more than a few hills especially on the peninsula.
Phil Martin of Peterborough AC won the marathon in 2:47:17 and set a new course record. Beth West was the female winner in 3:13:54 – this too was a new course record. Amongst the marathoners was Tim Butler of Lincoln & District Runners who aims to complete 100 marathons whilst juggling on behalf of Wildcats Conservation Alliance. He finished his 46th marathon in 4:49:25.
Luke Harrison was the winner in the half marathon, crossing the line in 1:18:19. Ali Moult won the women’s race in 1:28:53 and posted a new course record.
There was a unique horseshoe medal and tech T-shirt for every finisher and post-race doughnuts that were a welcome treat after those hills.