4th Major Marathon completed for Louth AC member
James McNamee achieved another sub 3 hour finish in the Berlin Marathon held on Sunday 24th September 2017. Not good preparations as unexpectedly having issues in Berlin with baggage allowance and train tickets plus the situations that arose where some slower runners were able to be ahead of James at the start making a narrow course difficult to run on and overtake and the added pressures with the volume of runners at drink stations. This did not deter James from giving his best in the wet, damp and cold conditions – not ideal for a PB. James completed the Berlin marathon in 2 hours 55 mins 53 secs, only 3 minutes outside his target time, with some very impressive split times – halfway in 1 hour 25 mins 24 secs, 5k 20.06, 10k, 40.19, 15k 1.00.38, 20k 1.20.56, 25k 1.41.36, 30k 2.02.56, 35k 2.24.36 and 40k 2.46.38
James is on a mission to run all the 6 major marathons having already completed the London, Chicago, New York and Berlin with the Boston and Tokyo still to run.
Hull Marathon – Sunday 24th September 2017
The 2 person and 4 person relay races were staged again in 2017 following the same route as the main marathon, these presented runners the chance to still be part of the atmosphere if a marathon is a challenger too far.
Kerry Stainton put together a team in the 4 person relay team named ‘Team Kerry Stainton’ with Kevin Wallis the first runner competing 6 miles, Kerry 7.1 miles, Jason Stainton 7.8 miles and Carlissa Daniels 5.3 miles to cross the finish line in an excellent team time of 3 hours 08 mins.29 secs. The team did fantastic to finish 5th overall in the 4 person relay team with a brilliant 2nd place unisex/mixed team out of 92 teams, only 56 secs behind the winning team of East Hull Harriers & AC.
An impressive performance as the team consisted of 3 x veterans and 1 x junior runner.
Jason Oxby completed the Hull marathon as an individual runner and ran a great race to achieve a PB in 3 hours 43.30 secs. Jason finished 28 out of 111 in his age category and overall position in the race 176 out of 857 runners.