Emma Preston

Emma's 12 Marathon Challenge

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My challenge started April 2018 and the plan was to run a marathon a month until March 2019. Here is the list of races, with post-race up dates as I counted them down:

Brighton - 15th April 2018 - completed in 6 hrs 34 minutes, tougher than we thought but got to the end. Training for Exeter is going well, hopefully I can get a bit faster and finish before dusk!

Exeter - 20th May 2018 - completed in 6hrs 1 minute so 33 minutes faster than Brighton. Looking forward to Yeovil in 21 days, hopefully I will carry on in the same vein as I felt really strong and positive all the way through.

Yeovil - 10th June 2018 - not sure of the exact chip timing so will update when I have it, but the humidity made this one tough to complete and I know I was just over 6 hours. A bit more time to recover before Stoke next month, a whole 35 days.

Stoke on Trent - 15th July 2018 - completed in 7hrs and 16 minutes. It was very tough - very hilly and very hot.

Milton Keynes part 1 - 11th August 2018 - completed in 6hrs 26 minutes. Although a relatively flat course, still too hot and a very tough mental challenge.

Richmond - 16th September 2018  - completed in 6hrs 31 minutes. This was really tough and it feels like these are getting more difficult as the challenge goes on! Felt very dispiriting but I think that is more accumulated exhaustion than anything else. Perhaps I was too complacent going in, certainly my preparation had dropped substantially so all in all it is now time to take stock and take it all more seriously. The good news is we have made it to the halfway point, so now we get to start counting down rather than counting up. Hopefully that will help with the mental challenge of it all. Next is IoW which is known for being very technically challenging - lots of very big hills. Mind you, Richmond was flat and that didn't help at all, so maybe there is nothing in it after all.

Isle of Wight - 14th October 2018 - completed in 6 hrs 34 minutes. This was the most challenging yet. The Isle of Wight marathon has a reputation for being one of the most challenging in England and it certainly lived up to its reputation. We were hit by the tail end of Storm Callum and it was cold and wet. Despite being the last to finish, I felt very proud of the achievement. With only 5 to go, it really feels like we ploughing through these now.

Remembrance Marathon, Walton-on-Thames - 11th November 2018 - 6hrs 41 minutes. I'm getting slower! It was so muddy that my feet were black by the end but this race had such a wonderful atmosphere. At 11am I was about 15k in and airhorns sounded up and down the course. Everybody, runners, marshalls, cyclists, passers-by, stopped in their tracks to pay their respects to the Fallen. 2 minutes later the horns sounded again and  the race resumed. It was very powerful and emotional, and a fantastic experience to be a part of.

Nottingham - 1st December 2018 - 6 hrs 10 minutes. My first experience of "Jeffing" or interval running definitely made for a better race. Wonderful atmosphere in Nottingham with the entire field running in Santa has and the goody bags were Christmas stockings. Great fun and fantastic marshalls who kept everyone going as we ran round and around and around the 8.75 laps. Nice to be a bit faster than last month, although it was getting dark by the finish!

Milton Keynes part 2 -  5th January 2019 - 6hrs 17 minutes. I can't believe that we have moved into double digits and only have 2 more to go! Running so soon after Christmas was definitely challenging, but it was great to get out into the fresh air. It was very solitary, few runners and the laps meant running on my own for the entire time. Quite difficult mentally but such a rush when I reached the finish! Now just two more left.

Kidderminster - 16th February 2019 - 6 hrs 39 minutes The Greedy Run So it is fair to say that race directors tend to be optimistic in their course descriptions. I should have been wary when they said “except for one small hill, the course is generally flat”. That one small hill rose steeply for over 100 metres (felt like a mile) and we had to run up it 6 times. That said, the weather was perfect, neither cold nor hot and we got underway on the dot of 10am. This race was mentally very challenging. It was a very small field of only 14 starters, so I knew from the outset that I would be running very much on my own and it was a foregone conclusion that I would be the last to finish. Still, the end of this challenge is now in sight.

Walton Spring Marathon - 2nd March 2019 6hr 58 The final race was a lot of fun  Clint and I ran together and took it easy  lots of laughs, lots of chat and we ended on a high with some serious medals to commemorate our awesome challenge  it feels strange knowing it is all over  thank you to everyone who has sponsored and supported all this time, the foundation thanks you    

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