Luton Marathon & Three-Stage Relay
After less than a month with VRUK, David Fisher runs his first event and second marathon at Luton. Running his first at Brighton in April 2012, finishing in 4:17, David recalls seeing a number of vegan runners that encouraged him to join. Resident in Bedford he is not far from the Club Secretary and as I was available that day I made the effort to get there to support David and any other vegan runners. Barry Orr was on the entry list but did not make it for whatever reason.
Originally with a serviced bike that was proving to be significantly more efficient, I would liked to have cycled the distance, approaching 20 miles but given the very cold start, the train was taken to Leighton Buzzard. It was soon apparent that it had hardly warmed up and was not a day for cycling despite the sunshine. Arrived feeling quite numbed by the cold despite the thick gloves, however standing in the sunshine supporting the marathon runners as they started their third and final lap, I soon warmed up. Running in this weather was fairly ideal with little breeze.
I soon saw vegan and long term member of the VC&AC, Andy Harper who was looking comfortable and 15-20 later I saw David Fisher for the first but called him Barry Orr by mistake and soon realised it. The nearby Lea Manor Recreation Centre is the regular venue to take a break whilst waiting for your runners to complete the next lap however the hall that was hired out is not the warmest of places. Returning to the finish area, many of the fast runners had already finished and it soon became apparent that many still had the desire for a sprint / fast finish at the end of a marathon as well as the relay runners who were just running one lap.Andy Harper had no such desire as he finished comfortably in 3:47. Speaking to Andy he said it was the same time as at the Leicester Marathon five weeks earlier. Former VRUK member Sharon Davidson was also running and after a PB of 3:46 at Abingdon four weeks ago where she was also named the Berkshire Senior Lady Champion, she had no intention of trying to repeat it on a tougher course. Sharon was quite pleased with 3:56, ahead of a 4 hours target.
It was not long before David Fisher followed who only just allowed enough time to order a club vest. David finished in a chip time of 4:01.27 but at the time we wondered if it would be much closer to 4.00 however, David is pleased with an improvement of around 16 minutes. He was also looking quite comfortable after the marathon.
|David Fisher completes 2nd lap, 1 more to go|
|David finishes comfortably in 4:01|
|Looking happy and fresh after a marathon|
|Ready for a quiet celebration|
|Quite a few Luton Marathon’s Andy?|
|Enjoys coming back for more!|