Darran Bilton (U&R Harrogate store manager) - I wasn't really looking forward to this year's marathon. Having won my age catagory for the last 5 years, it was time that my previous successes came crashing down around my ankles. But, as they say, it all turned out good on the day! I aimed for a very coservative (for me) 2 hours and 35 minute finishing time, which means running 5 miutes 55 seconds per mile. In the end I ran a 'negative split' (the second half was actually faster than the first half!!!) and finished in 2 hours 34 minutes and 55 seconds (a mere 5 seconds off my traget time!), BUT I also clinched my age catagory win for a record 6th year. So a good day was had - here's to next year! Matt Pierson - Aiming to pace Leeds City athlete Oliver Ziff to 3 hours, Matt's aim wasn't to run as fast as he can, but to run at a pace to help his fellow athlete to a personal best. This he admirably did, bringing Oliver home in 2 hours 47 minutes and 20 seconds. Matt himself came in at 2 hours 48 minutes, which for a Sunday 'long slow run,' isn't bad going! We really are all about running!!!
Report by Darran Bilton