The New Forest Marathon is usually picturesque but last Sunday it was rain, rain and more rain for the whole event. There was also a strong wind which didn’t help conditions. Nevertheless, Steve Boyes managed the great time of 3 hours 33 minutes. This was a special race for Steve as it was his 100th marathon. A very worthy owner of the nickname Marathon Man!
On the same wet Sunday, Graham Reeves and Olivia Higginson weren’t put off by the rain and turned out for the Woodbury 10km. They had both completed it before so knew what to expect from the undulating course which has two long inclines and an uphill finish. Graham came 8th in a pb of 40.29 and Olivia finished in her fastest time for this race in 52.06. The race raises money for Christian Aid and all runners were rewarded with bacon baps, tea and cake. Despite the weather there was a good turn out.