Manchester Marathon is said to be the flattest in England and a number of Bridlington Road Runners headed there hoping for personal best times.
The start is a stone’s throw from Old Trafford football stadium with a small downhill section to get the adrenalin flowing, before the route takes the thousands of runners through Sale, Brooklands, Timperley, Altrincham, Urmston and Stretford with some soul-draining stretches that seem to carry on forever with the finish along Sir Matt Busby Way.
Phill Taylor, running his first marathon since gaining a PB of 2:28:08 in the 2013 race, was hoping to again beat this but it was not to be, although he still finished 20th in a time of 2:34:52.
Next back was Nick Jordan, knocking 18 minutes off his previous best, crossing in 529th with 3:04:42.
Tony Hughes broke the four-hour barrier comfortably, with a time of 3:42:00, and Bridlington’s first lady back was Verona Petty in 4,730th in 4:06:28.
Not far behind was Julie Madden, missing out on a PB by just four seconds, as she finished in 4,870th with 4:08:50.
In her first marathon, Jane Welbourn ran well finishing 6,182nd in 4:27:45, and another debutant Stuart Atkinson managed a good time of 4:43:32 in 7,668th despite being injured in the weeks before the marathon.
Caroline Chard was 8,768th in 5:27:13 while another newcomer to the 26-mile distance, Mark Loft, crossed the line in 9,238th in 6:14:07.
Also on Sunday, the Hornsea One Third Marathon is a good race for anyone wanting to take a step up from a 10k, adding an extra two-and-a-half miles.
On a warm, sunny morning, the route took the runners out on a fast flat loop around the country roads. Bridlington RR had a number of members taking part with some great times recorded.
Scott Hargreaves once again showed his fitness, taking ninth in 53:41, Also showing improvement in every race is Mark Woodley, who with a time of 57:25 took 24th spot.
Duncan Smart was the club’s third man over the line under the hour mark, in 34th with 59:16.
First Bridlington lady to finish was Emma Brown who has had some time out from road racing, but on her first one back she was first in her age group in 47th overall in a time of 1:00:52.
Janet Potter was at it again, winning in her age category in 79th in a time of 1:04:22, with Zoe Ruston in 107th in 1:07:28 third in her age group.
Bob Eyre ran well, finishing in 150th in 1:11:25, to take second in his age group, while Josh Taylor, Bill Pike, Allan Clayton, James Riley, Cathy Wood, Dominique Webster, Dave Foster, Mandy Holah, Lynda Gent, Robert Calthorpe, and Tina Calthorpe also did well on the day.