James Bartram excitedly travelled to Morocco to compete in the Marrakesh Marathon, and boy did he enjoy it, recording an amazing personal best (PB) of 3:09:58, he really wasn’t expecting! Conditions were perfect on a very flat route, with the distant horizon of the snow capped Atlas Mountains. On the streets you hardly know there was a marathon going on with the hustle and bustle of everyday life in Marrakesh carrying on. Dodging motorbikes and children along the way, and in the last few hundred meters a scooter crash went sliding down the road, James thoroughly recommends it as definitely a unique experience!
Meanwhile back in chilly, damp blighty Joanne Sinnott headed over to Manchester and Heaton Park, home to a Grade 1 listed neoclassical 18th century house. Running on the paths within Heaton Park, with tough weather conditions and an aptly named ‘angina hill’. Joanne finished in a fabulous 2:24:56.
There were Bedale & Aiskew Runners taking part in various Parkruns, with Paul Ellis coming 3rd at Catterick only 1 second behind his PB in 19:19. Julie Elsey smashing nearly 2 minutes of her previous PB finishing in 27:20 with Karen Alford close behind also running a PB in 27:33, and doing stunning work pacing for those aiming at 25minutes Matt Randall ran 24:54. At Northallerton there were PB’s for Nick Wilson in 26:16, Nicky Harland in 28:21, Nichola Malton in 31:53, and course PB for Katy Bamber in 31:58 and Ruth Hancock in 32:09. That’s a stunning 30% of BAR runner finishing in PB’s, shows our hard work!