Marathon becomes global event
Monday 23rd September 2013, 10:32AM BST.
RUNNERS from across the globe descended on the island to take part in the inaugural Guernsey Waterfront Marathon.
People could take part in a relay or attempt to slog it out over the full 26.1-mile course, which started and finished in Town.
Organisers estimated 65% of entrants came from overseas and the winner was Freddy Sittuk, from Kenya, who blitzed the course in two hours 18 minutes and 11 seconds.
The day started out with the island swathed in fog, keeping the temperatures down, but as the clock ticked past the four-hour mark the sun burned through and things started to hot up.
Some people put in months of training to ensure success, others decided to do it on a whim. One such man was Tom Bradshaw, 33, who entered towards the Saturday deadline of 6pm.
‘It was down to the wire that’s for sure. It is ridiculous to do it with no training, it’s quite cavalier of me, really. My wife had a baby 10 weeks ago. I used to run a lot, but my chances have been limited lately – so I thought “what the hell”. Those last few miles, which is one long stretch of road, are hellish,’ said the PR manager, who completed the course in 3-46.