Grantham Running Club's Gordon Geach travelled to Valencia, Spain for the 37th Valencia Marathon on Sunday 19th November. The marathon route is flat and takes in a lot of the sites of Valencia, both in the new and old parts of the city. The marathon has an early start at 8.30am due to the local climate. The forecast for the day was sunny with blue skies and the temperature creeping to 20 degrees just after midday. Gordon remarked that the organisation of the race was very good from number & bag pickup to the actual event and afterwards.
|Gordon after his PB at Berlin in 2012|
He admitted his training plan was not quite up to scratch only running 6 miles twice a week. He said his plan was to try and run the marathon like a long, slow Sunday run and that worked till the half marathon point, clocking 1:50:26. But then he said he hit the wall 7 miles too early. 'The second half of the marathon was a world of pain, with my legs hating me all the way to the finish' he said.
Gordon crossed the line in a time of 4:37:40 - a little annoyed he didn't make sub 4:30:00, but glad he had finished. He also commented that the finish at the Arts and Sciences complex was really spectacular. Gordon said "Overall I enjoyed the race and will be doing it again sometime in the future - one for the list if you’ve not done it before. My next marathon is London. I need to do some proper training for it and get my time down significantly. I would hope to attempt break my personal best of 3:20:53."