It’s Melbourne Marathon week, so many enthusiasts are planning an assault on a personal Everest. Some first-timers will be nervously anticipating the task in front of them. Seasoned marathoners will be hoping for a PB if their training program has been carefully planned, and holds up on race day. Others with a few more years on the clock will be just hoping to defy their age and keep within a (self-defined) respectable target time. Will conditions be favourable – cool, light winds, preferably overcast, maybe even a hint of drizzle? I’m not running this year, my most recent attempt at the distance was the Great Ocean Road, May 2012, but I’ll be with the runners in spirit, and hope that all will succeed at least in terms of a favoured mantra of mine: There are three categories of winners in the marathon, first across the line*, anyone who finishes, anyone who makes it to the start line**.
I recently learned that a distinguished knacker, Gareth Andrews, has added to his accomplishments on the football field at Geelong and Richmond (and in the board room at Kardinia Park) with a 3 hours 3 minutes 27 seconds PB in the Melbourne Marathon. When I asked him about this feat, he indicated that this was his best of six completed races.
I recall that there are others in our community who have gone the distance, including at least a few who are in the elect, the sub-three hour club. With this in mind, I thought it was worth initiating a thread, which serves to establish an Almanac Marathon Hall of Fame. My lowly spot in the ranks is based on my PB, 3.10.18. While my particular focus is the Melbourne event, I obviously welcome comments from those who have participated in marathons elsewhere – the more exotic the better.
* Different categories of age and gender allow more than a single first over the line.
** The implication is that some-one who begins the event has undergone a gruelling training program, for this is an event where only the foolhardy attempt it without a solid preparation.