Yesterday I ran the Edinburgh Marathon, you can see the results here. One of the good things about these results is that they give split timings at the 10k and half-marathon distances as well as the full marathon. My split timings pretty much tell the story of my race: 58 mins 16 sec for the 10k distance (faster than the Glasgow 10k race I did in September 2007) and 2 hrs 15 mins for the half-marathon distance (not too far behind my time for the Glasgow half-marathon I did in September 2008). These are all great times for me, and I felt really good whilst running. Then it all turned in to a bit of a nightmare.
The whole of the UK is currently having a heatwave, and the temperatures on the race yesterday were very uncomfortable. After the half-marathon distance at about 11am, the day began to heat up and I started to suffer and was forced to walk for long stretches. I ended up finishing way after my target time of 5 hrs for the race.
I finished pretty near the back, 7276th out of 8257 with a time of 5 hrs 24 mins but according to the race website there were 12,000 runners in the Marathon so I think huge numbers of people didn’t even finish. This is not very surprising, there were a lot of runners reduced to walking, and quite a few people who needed medical assistance. I think if I’d really pushed myself and kept running, I’d have probably ended up in an ambulance too.