Murphy Runs Column: ‘A marathon PB for me!’

Murphy Runs talks through the Re-Imagined Milton Keynes Marathon.

On Sunday 6th September, after months of training throughout this hot summer, I took on the ReImagined Marathon around Milton Keynes. Sunday 6th was the first date that runners could take part in this timed event.

I got to the start line at Willen Lake at around 7:45 for an 8am start. As expected, there were quite a few runners there, taking part in either the halfmarathon, or full marathon.

Despite the lack of the usual pre-race atmosphere, no long queues for the loo’s or waiting around for the start, it was nice to connect with runners who were all about to experience the same kind of race.

We all wished each other luck and then headed off – a lap of Willen, down to Caldecotte, back up to Willen
and then repeat the loop. My coach, Clean Coach Katie, was by my side to run the first lap with me.

Instantly, I was impressed with the MK Marathon App that gave turn-by-turn navigation. The directions were timely, clear and the app was easy to use.

Throughout the first lap, I noticed the signage (stickers on lampposts) were excellent. It really would have been difficult to get lost.

The first lap went really well for me, completing 13.1 miles in one hour and 57 minutes. Unfortunately, I hit the wall in the second half, but I still had my coach and two others by my side, supporting me on their bikes.

I did miss seeing other marathon runners out there to share the pain with, but I was grateful for having such a great team by my side to support me.

Whilst the event was definitely miles away from the buzz of a usual race, it was great to see other runners out on the course every now and then to share words of encouragement.

I also want to thank the amazing individuals who stood for hours providing water and encouragement along the course. You are all diamonds.

I am very proud to say I competed the marathon in just under four hours and 21 minutes, a marathon personalbest for me!

Follow Anastasia’s running adventures on Instagram @MurphyRuns

This feature was published in the October 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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