Steve Edwards marked off marathon number 844 taking second place at yesterday's (Thursday 18 October) Rickmansworth Challenge. This completion of this new race saw Steve make further progress to his 1,000 marathons goal.
The multi marathon supremo was among a small band of runners who took part in this newest addition to the race calendar from Running Miles. They organise 6-hour timed challenges and marathons aimed at the newcomer as well as the experienced runner. These are ideal for anyone looking to complete their first marathon or ultra and in a friendly, relaxed setting.
The sold out Rickmansworth Challenge was a 6-hour timed event held on a beautiful autumn day in south-west Hertfordshire. Local nature reserve Rickmansworth Aquadrome, with 41 hectares of parks, open spaces, two lakes and wooded walks, was the venue. Everyone had the option to run as many or as few 3.28 mile laps within the 6-hour limit with four laps for a half marathon, 8 laps for a marathon and 9+ for an ultra.
Paul Radford ran 45.9 miles to win at ultra distance. Lynda Copson ran 31.1 miles to become the ladies winner and was fourth overall.
Lee-Paul Field was the winner at marathon distance, crossing the line in 3:15:32. It was another sub-3:30 for Steve who came second to finish in 3:25:56. Abi Gooch was the fastest female in 3:48:56.
Every runner passed an aid station at the start/finish of each lap that contained something to suit everyone’s tastes. Food choices ranged from Turkish Delight to Pringles and there was more treats to come in the form of a pick your own goody bag of chocolate along with a medal.
Image courtesy of Steve Edwards.