Warwick Ward Receptionist Completes Boston Marathon
17th April 2018
I am 44 years old and have enjoyed training hard and racing regularly for the last 15 years. On Sunday 15th April 2018 I competed in the Boston Marathon UK. It's the second time I've run here, winning the women's race in the inaugural event in 2016 in a time of 2:54:36 after having a 10 year break from marathons. I came 4th overall out of 142 competitors. It was a lonely race and I ran most of the way from mile 5 on my own, the next person being two minutes ahead. This time gained me an automatic championship entry for the London Marathon the following year, when I ran an almost identical time of 2:54:48 and was 2nd woman in my age category (40-44). I received a beautiful trophy and a cheque for my efforts.
This Spring I have trained harder than ever, doing most of my training while my children are at gymnastics or dance club. I calculated from my training and recent race results that I should be able to run the marathon at 6:30/mile, which is 10 seconds per mile quicker than the previous two years. I decided upon Boston in Lincolnshire again because of its very flat course profile and lovely quiet country roads where I could focus on running at a controlled pace without too many distractions. The weather was dry, sunny and mild, and these are perfect marathon conditions although it was a little breezier than what I'd hoped. The first half of the race went well and I had other runners for company. At 14 miles I was slightly ahead of schedule with an average pace of 6:27 per mile. The inevitable tiredness had set in by 20 miles and my average pace had dropped to my predicted 6:30 per mile but I was still on target. Miles 23 through to 26 were very tough indeed. Everything hurt and I had to dig deep to maintain my tempo. Thoughts of all my hard training in the prolonged winter we've had pushed me on. There was a large crowd near the finish and I knew my family were among them cheering me on. I crossed the finish line in 2:50:39, 1st woman and 8th overall out of 532, beating my previous personal best from 2006 by well over a minute.
Next year I plan to run the London Marathon again when I will have moved up into the 45-49 age category. Until then there will be plenty more challenges! Thanks for reading. Fiona