Nick Payne of Grantham Running Club completed the Winter Enigma Marathon on Saturday 5th January. This event is based at the scenic Caldecotte Lake in Milton Keynes and consists of 7 ½ laps around the lake. It was a very cold morning, but the conditions were generally good for running with only a light wind and no rain. The event was well organised with an aid station at the end of each lap offering home-made cakes and fudge.
Nick maintained a consistent pace with each lap being completed in a similar time. Nick finished the marathon in a time of 3:54:58 which placed him a fine twelfth out of fifty seven finishers. For his efforts, Nick received a finishers’ medal in the shape of a snowman.
Nick commented after the race: “I am pleased to run under four hours in my first marathon of 2019. It shows that my winter training is going well and will stand me in good stead for longer events later in the year. Even though running laps can be mentally tough, the lovely scenery helped the laps fly by.”
The race was won by Paul Davies of Centurion Running Club in 03:09:54.