The fourth Town Moor Marathon took place on Sunday 28th October with two Tynedale Harriers lining up for the 5 lap epic.
Fortunately the weather had improved slightly over the weekend and the rain stayed away until early afternoon so conditions were generally good despite the exposed nature of the Town Moor.
Lining up with the 100 or so runners were Richard Parker and Ian Brown. Neither had particularly trained for a marathon but both had built up good stamina during the year doing other events so were in reasonable shape for the challenge of a multilap marathon.
Richard had an excellent run taking the muddy paths and slippy grass verge very much in his stride to clock 2 hours 55 minutes and take second place overall. Ian also managed the conditions well and kept a steady pace for four of the five laps before fading slightly over the last 5 miles. Ian was still delighted to finish in 3 hours 12 minutes and take 10th place overall, 1st MV55.
The Town Moor is one of a series of four events in the North East which offer a ‘no frills’ marathon for the enthusiast. It is low cost to enter but still has awards over many age categories which is much appreciated by the runners. Richard picked up two prizes, 2nd overall and 1st Vet 45 while Ian received an award for his 1st MV55.