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Race Review: Easter Quarter Marathon 2015

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Rob is a self confessed running geek, obsessed with all things related to the sport, whether road, track or triathlon.
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The Easter Quarter Marathon in Bournemouth (or Boscombe to be precise) is an annual race run by, and to raise money for, the local Rotary Club. It’s not one that I’d done before but this year it was part of the local league. However, there are plenty of races that take in a similar route along the promenade so I was confident that there would be no surprises in store. My wife also did it for the same reasons and also as a tune up before running the Brighton Marathon a week later…

Boscombe promenade just before the race

Boscombe promenade just before the race

Pre Race

We were a bit nervous about parking but managed to (just) get a space. It was then a little disappointing, having signed up in advance to approach the number pickup and see a long queue for pre-registered runners and not a single person standing in front of the ‘sign up on the day’ table! Never mind, it was only a 10 minute queue but when you have the pre-race adrenaline running high it makes you a bit more sensitive to these things! The weather was perfect, overcast but not too cold and no wind.

Easter Quarter Marathon

Long stretch back to the finish! Easter Quarter Marathon. Image thanks to Mark Smith.

The Race

We lined up on the start line at 11am, just past the pier at Boscombe, with 400 runners braced for the start. The first two miles of the race are along the flat promenade – I made my usual mistake of starting too fast – running a 5:56 first mile, before dropping to a 6:03 m/mi for the second mile. This was the flattest part of the race though so I’d argue that it’s the perfect section to go hard at it!

After 2.2 miles the route takes you up a small slope to do a 1.5 mile loop of surburbia, before being directed on to the overcliff and the road towards the finish. This 2.4 mile stint seemed to go on forever. I knew that the very last section had a nice steep downhill and it was perhaps expecting to see this at every corner that made it feel so long! Eventually though, with 400m to go, the longed for downhill came into view, I managed to pass another runner and sprint to the finish!

Full results for the Easter Quarter Marathon 2015 are here

Stats

Distance: 6.5 miles
Time: 40:13
Average Pace: 6:10m/mi

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