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Northampton Running Festival (Marathon)
Sunday 31st March 2013

A belated race report for this one from 31 March but I had a lovely time. Katie Samuelson won the ladies' in 3:24:34 and was the only woman to be in the top 20 finishers so a huge congratulations to her. And a C&C man also ran an awesome time but the listings now don't show the club so I can't remember who I'm afraid.

We ran around and around the landscaped grounds of a fourteenth century abbey 12 times. It was all trail, mud and uneven grass but I only fell over once and we ran past a big lake with swans and ducks. The extensive undulations probably compared to those of Wimpole and at the top of one of them was a marshal playing Led Zeppelin era classics. He did requests too. I ended up at the same pace for a while with a guy who saw Jimi Hendrix live and for whom this was his third marathon in three days which was pretty cool.

It was my first marathon and would recommend it for first-timers because it was quite small and the many laps were predictable but not boring so they were easy to work with. I'm therefore pleased with my time of 4:44:14 because I felt comfortable throughout and had enough left at the end to step on the gas for the last lap.

There was a half marathon and 10K at the same time.

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