Record entry list as runners prepare for marathon test

Patrick Brown won the marathon last year. Picture: Sarah Standing
Patrick Brown won the marathon last year. Picture: Sarah Standing
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The Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon promises to be the biggest and best yet tomorrow.

Rob Piggott brings the curtain down on his series of events for 2014 with the endurance event starting on the seafront in Southsea.

This year the course is slightly changed from last year.

The race headquarters is at the Pyramids Centre but the run now starts on the east side of the pier (8.45am).

There is also a change of route on the way back due to the tides.

Piggott is looking forward to the event and feels it will be the best yet.

He said: ‘We have had more than 1,600 entries and should have around 1,400 to 1,500 runners on the day.

‘I’m happy with the numbers. It just means there is a bit more work for me.

‘The route has had to change slightly because of the problem with South Parade Pier and because of the tides.

‘We will walk the runners up to the start at 8.30am and this year there is only one muddy beach section to contend with.

‘That means the course could be slightly easier than last year, so we could certainly see fast times.’

Patrick Brown won the race last year in a time of 2hr 49min 36sec, while a total of 1,166 runners crossed the finishing line.

This year Louise Phillips will be looking to complete her charity challenge of 14 major races in 2014. She’s already finished four half marathons and a 50k.

Becky Beard will also be attempting to wrap up her challenge of 12 marathons in 12 months. Among her events, she has done New York, London, Milton Keynes and the Wales Marathon.

Meanwhile, John Clonan and his wife Nancianna are coming all the way from Alaska to take part.

Nan will be bid to realise her ambition of completing a marathon before she turns 51 in November.

John said: ‘We considered marathons in the United States near the end of the year, since running in Alaska at 20 below 0f (-28c) temperatures is not a lot of fun!

‘We found a marathon in the USA that would work but then our daughter decided to attend college in Edinburgh.

‘She asked us to come to visit her so we changed all our plans and found your marathon in Portsmouth. So UK look out, here we come!’

To see the full course for the marathon log on to fitprorob.biz