Rotary Shakespeare Marathon.
Report – David Jones.
Three club chose the daunting experience of turning left at the end of The Greenway to complete another 13 mile lap of the course while the half marathon competitors carried on to the finishing line of their event.
The first of these to finish was Tara Lambert. Just last month Tara completed the 107 mile Dublin2Belfast Ultra, so a mere 26.2 miles was akin to a stroll in the park.
She had hoped to go under 4 hours and this she did comfortably, finishing in 3:50.29. This was a massive 40 minute PB and 42 minutes quicker than her time in this race last year.
Tara said “I felt quite strong on the day and decided to maintain a brisker pace than usual. It must be the endurance training that carried me through”
Tara was followed by Rachael Green, a recent graduate of the club’s successful Couch to 5k initiative, completed the race in 4:09.21. The final member of the club to finish was Rebekah Loftus in a time of 5:11.13.
The race was won by Orlando Corea in a time of 2:36.55 and the first lady to finish was Rachel Davies in 44th place, with a time of 3:15.39. 580 competitors completed the race.