From Rutland Water to World Major Marathons
Kat Hall and Lauren Birkbeck from Southwell Running Club took part in the Vetruvian triathlon a classic middle distance triathlon held at Rutland water. Beginning with 1.9km swim in the sheltered bay of Whitwell Creek followed by an 89k bike course on flat, fast and exciting roads surrounding Rutland Water taking riders through countryside, pretty Rutland villages and large woodland areas. Finally the 21k run follows the perimeter track of Rutland Water with a turning point at Normanton church and a return to the finish line in Whitwell where competitors received a VIP welcome. Kat gained PB time of 5:36:51 coming 8th in her age category while Lauren was not far behind in 6:27:33.
Ben Parker and Carol Hayward went a bit further afield for their challenge and took on their second Abbotts World Major Marathon in Berlin. It was a perfect day for running on such an iconic course which starts in the Tiergarten near the Reichstag and takes runners past the golden angel Siegessaule monument. With cheering crowds and lively musicians lining the route, runners travel down Unter den Linden Boulevard through many parts of the city, passing Potsdamer Platz and the legendary Fernsehturm before running back towards the finish which is just past the Brandenburg Gate.
Carol said that “Running towards the Brandenburg Gate is the most incredible feeling with the cheering crowds encouraging you onwards, you have tears in your eyes as you pass through the monument and enter the home straight – it really was very emotional!” Ben finished in a time of 3:52:02, and Carol in 4:34:39.
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