September 27, 2022

Rutland Marathon – 25 September 2022

Dan Ashcroft reports:

According to Discover Rutland, Rutland Water is ‘the’ … Playground of the East Midlands. It is one of the largest man-made lakes in Europe, and the largest in England (by surface area) and is considered one of the best designed, both environmentally and aesthetically, which is set in over 3,000 acres of beautiful ‘rolling’ countryside.

On Sunday 25 September, it was host to the Rutland Water Half and Full Marathons. Starting at the Sykes Lane entrance on the north-east of the lake, the course takes runners on an out and back section across the dam wall to the south shore, past Normanton church, sailing club and golf course before turning around. Once back at the start area, 9 miles into the race, runners follow the cycle path around Whitwell Creek and onto the woods at Barnsdale. At this point the Half Marathon runners turn back to complete their race and this is where the race gets serious for the full runners.

After a few miles on the roadside footpath, runners are directed onto the Hambleton Peninsula. This section is described as one of the most spectacular on the course, with impressive views across the lake including both the north and south arms. At the furthest point, you’ll catch a glimpse of the finish line, another 9 miles away (looked further at the time!). Following the peninsula, runners will eventually emerge back on the Hambleton road. Whilst this description is not disputed, it should also be noted that it is undulating and bumpy underfoot making it quite challenging. Once runners leave the peninsula, the race follows the route back to Sykes Lane to the finish.

Matlock Athletic Club had two runners in the Full Marathon. Dan Ashcroft finishing in 22nd overall and 2nd MV45 in a time of 3:31:22 and Dennis ‘Barry’ Belbin in 147th place and 5:03:06. The race was won by Martin Ball in 2:55:37 and first lady was Helen Pape in 3:21:14. There were 181 finishers.

Dennis

Dennis at Rutland Marathon

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