15 runners from Meltham Athletic Club traveled north to compete in the Edinburgh Marathon and Half Marathon events at the end of May.
The marathon loops round the city taking in sights such as Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Palace before heading for the coast at Portabella. It then follows the coast south turning at Gosford House to follow the same route back up the coast to finish in Musselburgh racecourse.
5 members competed in the Marathon, unfortunately on the hottest Sunday in the year so far, but plentiful water stations and kindly locals with hosepipes helped to cool runners down. Graham Sykes was the only male Meltham runner, competing with his daughter Mel Sykes less than a month after he ran the London Marathon. Both Graham and Mel finished in a very respectable 3 hours 51 mintutes, 19 seconds. The other three meltham runners were competing in their first marathon and all finished in good times for their first attempt at this distance. Their times were as follows: Ruth Thomas 4:14:22, Helen-Marie Kruger 4:20:13 and Helen Hunter 4:34:57.
Andy Whitworth of Meltham had a fantastic run in the half marathon event to be the first male veteran over 40 with a time of 1:17:01. John Hobbs was the first male veteran over 60 with a time of 1:33:01 and Jeff Taylor was first male veteran over 70 with a time of 1:52:43. Fiona McArthur was the second female veteran over 55 in 1:53:44 and Pam Combes was 6th lady veteran over 55 in 1:59:42.
Other Meltham runners in the half marathon were Richard Beaumont, 1:40:54; Pete Hirst, 1:50:35; Martin Sturdy, 1:56:03 and for the ladies Anne Tinsdeal, 2:01:50 and Sharon Whitworth, 2:08:40.