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Happy 30th birthday to marathon
7:10am Saturday 21st September 2013 in General Sport
The New Forest Marathon celebrates its 30th anniversary tomorrow.
And organisers and competitors will be hoping the event enjoys much better weather than in 2012.
The corresponding weekend last year saw around 2,000 runners totally soaked.
Around a quarter of them took on the full 26-mile marathon, with the others taking part in the annual half-marathon. Aldershot’s Kevin Quinn won in the rain with a time of 2.37.25, while Julia Donovan of Wimbledon Windmilers was the quickest female crossing the line on 3.15.32. There is still limited availability for the full marathon, which starts and finishes in the heart of New Milton, with most of the 700 places filled. The multi-terrain course, that includes three miles of track, meanders through Bashley, Wootton, and Sway before a long spell out to Burley then returning to the finish line in New Milton. The inaugural New Forest Marathon took place in 1983. Around eight hundred runners took part and the event has grown ever since, peaking in 2012.
Last year, 1,500 runners took part in the half marathon with Lee Piercey of Performance Cycles winning the race in a 1.13.0 time.
Valeria Sesto (New Forest Runners) was the first female to finish in 1.12.38.
Tomorrow, the smaller distance event gets underway at 9.15am before the 26-mile run begins at 10am.
Don’t miss next Tuesday’s Daily Echo for the marathon report and runners, with the half-marathon runners appearing in Wednesday’s Echo.
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